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Instruments stolen from late Stephen Martin's home

 Stevie Martin who was also known as Rainy Boy Sleep
Seamus McKinney

INSTRUMENTS belonging to a popular Co Donegal musician were stolen from his home days before his body was found, it has emerged.

A blue electric Stratocaster guitar and a keyboard were among the instruments taken from the Derry home of Stephen Martin, who performed under the stage name Rainy Boy Sleep.

Some money was also taken in the burglary, which happened days before his body was found in Co Sligo.

One of the north west’s most popular singers, Mr Martin’s body was found at Strandhill Beach on August 13 following a three-week search.

Originally from Lifford in Co Donegal, the 29-year-old regularly played at venues across Derry and Donegal. He had performed in Glastonbury and toured with Cyndi Lauper and James Morrison.

A police spokesman said Mr Martin’s home on Great James Street was broken into between 10.30am on Thursday August 11 and 11.30am on August 12.

"Sentimental items were stolen, including a blue electric Stratocaster guitar, a keyboard, a sum of money and assorted musical equipment. Stephen’s family would appreciate any help in locating these items," the spokesman said.

He appealed to anyone who witnessed suspicious activity in the area or who has been offered any of the items for sale to contact police at Strand Road.

Police have taken the unusual step of issuing a photograph of the interior of Mr Martin’s home with some of the stolen goods highlighted.

A keyboard was among the items stolen 

Constable Evans said that Mr Martin's family would appreciate help in locating "sentimental items" that were stolen, including a blue electric Stratocaster guitar, a keyboard, a sum of money and assorted musical equipment.

A blue Stratocaster electric guitar was stolen 

Police ask that anyone with information about the burglary contact them on 101 or by calling Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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