CHAR­ITY BOSS SUS­PECT MUR­DER RAP

Man charged over stab death of for­mer school prin­ci­pal in South Africa

Irish Sunday Mirror - - FRONT PAGE - BY JOHN PATRICK KIER­ANS and JAMIE PY­ATT

A MAN has been charged with the mur­der of Ir­ish char­ity worker John Cur­ran in South Africa.

The 60-year-old for­mer school prin­ci­pal was stabbed to death in his Cape Town flat on Novem­ber 7.

Western Cape po­lice con­firmed a 24-year-old is due in court to­mor­row.

A South African Po­lice Ser­vice source said: “We re­ceived a very good

lead and had a sus­pect but it took time and ded­i­ca­tion to ac­tu­ally find and ar­rest him.”

The man, de­tained fol­low­ing a lengthy sur­veil­lance op­er­a­tion, is due to ap­pear at Cape Town Mag­is­trates Court.

Western Cape po­lice spokesper­son Sgt Noloy­iso Rwex­ana added: “The ar­rest fol­lowed a thor­ough in­ves­ti­ga­tion which came up with a sus­pect whose de­tails were cir­cu­lated.”

PHONE

The ex-teacher was found in a pool of blood in his apart­ment by his girl­friend.

Po­lice said only his mo­bile phone was miss­ing.

Mr Cur­ran had been work­ing as a direc­tor of ed­u­ca­tion at char­ity Mel­lon Ed­u­cate.

He was hol­i­day­ing in Cape Town for a few weeks hav­ing com­pleted a twoyear con­tract and was due to re­turn home to Dublin just days af­ter he was found slain.

He had been the prin­ci­pal of Good Shep­herd Na­tional School in Church­town, South Dublin, for 14 years up un­til 2005.

TRAGIC LOSS John Cur­ran was found dead in his apart­ment

TRAGIC John Cur­ran

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