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Monday 21 April 2014

Double murderer refused appeal over killing Polish men

Double murderer David Curran was today refused leave to appeal two mandatory life sentences for the killing of two Polish nationals.

Curran of Lissadel Green in Drimnagh, Dublin, was found guilty of the murders of Pawel Kalite (30) and Marius Szwakjkos (29) on February 23rd 2008.

Today the three-judge Court of Criminal Appeal refused Mr Curran's application to appeal his sentence.

Presiding judge, Mr Justice Donal O'Donnell said the grounds of provocation argued by Mr Curran did not satisfy the statutory test.

In the closing address counsel for the prosecution had invited the jury to draw an adverse inference from the failure of the defence to call a witness.

Mr Justice O'Donnell said the Court of Criminal Appeal "did not and does not consider that this point involves any point of law of general application, still less one of exceptional public importance.”

The original trial in the Central Criminal Court lasted17 days and the appeal was heard over three days.

At the time Mr Justice McKechnie said that with "lethal accuracy" Curran had aimed at the most vulnerable part of the human body, the temple in his attacks on the two men.

The Judge said the accused'a action left "a chilling and disturbing feeling as to what kind of a person would do this".

He described the killings as "brutal, savage and could be described as sadistic".

Mr Justice McKechnie then added that Curran had attempted to scheme his way out of the murders and lay the blame on another person.

The judge said he "unhesitatingly" agreed with the verdict of the jury.

Curran for his part had claimed that at the time of the killing he was out of his head on drink and drugs and had lost control when he stabbed the two men with a screwdriver, believing his father had been stabbed in an earlier row with Pawel Kalite.

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