Mur­der cops hope John’s phone will lead to his killers

South Africa man­hunt af­ter Ir­ish­man knifed

Irish Sunday Mirror - - FRONT PAGE - BY EMMA MCMENAMY and LIZ FARSACI

Po­lice out­side Mr Cur­ran’s home

Au­thor­i­ties in Cape Town where the 60-year-old was bru­tally stabbed to death in his home, are hop­ing the lo­ca­tion of the aid worker’s de­vice will lead them to the sus­pect.

It is un­der­stood the dad of four, who worked as a school prin­ci­pal in Dublin for 16 years, was killed for his mo­bile phone, al­though a po­lice spokesman told the Ir­ish Sun­day Mir­ror: “We can’t spec­u­late about the mur­der.”

No sus­pect has yet been ar­rested al­though in­ves­ti­ga­tors are work­ing “around the clock”.

Mo­bile phone car­ri­ers are aid­ing de­tec­tives as they con­duct a probe into the mur­der of John who was bru­tally hacked to death on Wed­nes­day.

A po­lice spokesman said: “Leads re­gard­ing the mo­bile phone has been a chal­lenge but ser­vice providers are co-op­er­at­ing.”

John was found dead in his apart­ment hav­ing re­ceived “mul­ti­ple” knife wounds to his body.

Foren­sic anal­y­sis for DNA was con­ducted on var­i­ous sam­ples, in­clud­ing the knife, which was found at the mur­der scene.

LOVED

A post­mortem is due to be con­ducted to­mor­row. The spokesman said CCTV footage will not be re­leased as it is feared this would jeop­ar­dise the in­ves­ti­ga­tion. John was due to re­turn to Ire­land within the next two weeks, hav­ing com­pleted his con­tract with the Mel­lon Ed­u­cate, an Ir­ish-based African de­vel­op­ment char­ity. On Wed­nes­day morn­ing screams were heard from his home af­ter his girl­friend found the re­mains. Trib­utes have been flood­ing in for the hugely pop­u­lar char­ity worker as news of his death spread. Niall Mel­lon, chief ex­ec­u­tive of Mel­lon Ed­u­cate, said: “John was much loved by ev­ery­one who met him and es­pe­cially by the thou­sands of chil­dren he helped dur­ing his time with Mel­lon Ed­u­cate. “We are as­sist­ing his fam­ily in ev­ery way we can and your warm wishes of em­pa­thy are sin­cerely ap­pre­ci­ated.” Mem­bers of the pub­lic have vis­ited The Good Shep­herd Na­tional School in Church­town, Dublin, where Mr Cur­ran pre­vi­ously worked, to sign a book of con­do­lence. His killing is the sec­ond tragedy to hit his fam­ily af­ter his son Eoin died in a sail­ing ac­ci­dent in New York in 2010. Vic­tim worked for char­ity

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BRU­TAL DEATH Ir­ish­man John Cur­ran was killed this week PROBE HELP­ING HAND

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