Po­lice turn to mo­bile com­pa­nies to find John’s killer

Irish Daily Mail - - News - By Neil Michael

MO­BILE phone com­pa­nies are help­ing track the phone stolen from char­ity worker John Cur­ran, the Ir­ish­man bru­tally mur­dered in South Africa this week.

The de­tec­tive lead­ing the in­ves­ti­ga­tion said this could help throw light on the move­ments of the phone be­fore and af­ter the fa­ther of four was killed.

Cap­tain Ezra Oc­to­ber, of the South Africa Po­lice Ser­vice, also said that a post-mortem is ex­pected to be car­ried out on Mon­day.

Char­ity worker Mr Cur­ran, who was due to re­turn home for Christ­mas, was stabbed to death in a ‘grue­some’ mur­der. The 60-yearold was found dead at his apart­ment in Cape Town in the early hours of Wed­nes­day. The re­tired teacher, who had been work­ing with the Mel­lon Ed­u­cate Cen­tre for the past two years, is be­lieved to have been stabbed up to 20 times.

A sources close to the in­ves­ti­ga­tion said: ‘This was very grue­some and ap­pears to be crazed at­tack on this Ir­ish­man who was well re­garded in the lo­cal com­mu­nity.’

It is thought, at this early stage of the in­ves­ti­ga­tion, that Mr Cur­ran – whose son Eoin died trag­i­cally in New York in 2010 – was mur­dered for his mo­bile phone.

Cap­tain Oc­to­ber told the Mail last night: ‘The post-mortem will most prob­a­bly take place on Mon­day. ‘There have been no ar­rests yet. ‘We are try­ing to track his phone be­cause his phone is one thing that is miss­ing and we are be­ing as­sisted by the ser­vice providers.

‘De­tec­tives are also analysing CCTV footage. They are wait­ing for the post-mortem be­fore they make their next move.’

Asked if there were any signs of a forced en­try, he replied: ‘So far there are no signs of forced en­try.’

And when asked if he thought Mr Cur­ran could have been mur­dered by some­one who knew him, he said: ‘We don’t know at this stage. We are do­ing all of those kind of in­ves­ti­ga­tions that is why they are analysing the video footage.’

The Ir­ish Daily Mail be­lieves po­lice in Cape Town sus­pect Mr Cur­ran may have been fol­lowed home from the shops the night he died. They sus­pect the as­sailant waited for Mr Cur­ran to go to sleep be­fore gain­ing en­try to the apart­ment through a win­dow.

Teacher: John Cur­ran

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