Northern Ireland

Man charged over death of pensioner Sammy Crawford

Sammy Crawford collapsed during the robbery and later died in hospital
Sammy Crawford collapsed during the robbery and later died in hospital

A man has appeared in court charged with the manslaughter of a west Belfast pensioner who collapsed while trying to stop an attempted robbery.

Samuel Crawford, 75, was in a newsagent's shop near his Cavendish Street home last week when it happened.

Darren Valliday-Smyth, 20, of no fixed abode, has already been charged with assaulting the pensioner with intent to resist arrest.

He was remanded in custody to appear again via video-link on Thursday

Mr Valliday-Smyth is further charged with possessing a prohibited weapon, namely a CS gas canister, and attempted robbery.

Mr Crawford's death sparked widespread revulsion in west Belfast, with hundreds of people gathering for a vigil in tribute to him.

He used his walking stick to intervene during the robbery but suffered a suspected heart attack. He died in hospital two days later.

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