Friday 20 April 2018

'Tell my mam I love her' - Teen's words in court as he is charged with stab murder

Murder accused Graham McEvoy (left) and victim Paul Curran (right)
Murder accused Graham McEvoy (left) and victim Paul Curran (right)

Andrew Phelan

A teenager has appeared in court charged with the murder of a man who was fatally stabbed at a flats complex in Crumlin.

Graham McEvoy (18) was arrested and brought before Dublin District Court today following the stabbing of Paul Curran at the weekend.

As he was remanded in custody for a week, Mr McEvoy called out to a family member in the courtroom: “I love yous...Tell my mam I love her.”

Mr McEvoy, with an address at Captain’s Road, Crumlin, is charged with murdering Paul Curran Seagull House, Rutland Street on July 16.

Mr Curran died after he was stabbed in the stairwell of the flats complex on Saturday afternoon.

Detective Sergeant Danny Kelly said he arrested the defendant for the purpose of charging him at Sundrive Road Garda Station in the early hours of this morning.

Paul Curran McGuirk
Paul Curran McGuirk

He was charged at 12.57am and made "no comment" to the charge after caution, Det Sgt Kelly said.

He told Judge Michael Walsh he was applying for the accused to be remanded in custody for a week.

“Obviously there is no application for bail, considering the charge,” Defence Solicitor Michael Kelleher said.

A bail application on a murder charge can only be made in the High Court.

Graham McEvoy
Graham McEvoy

Judge Walsh remanded Mr McEvoy in custody, to appear in court again on July 25.

The defendant, wearing a white polo shirt, black tracksuit bottoms and white runners gave a thumbs up to a family member who was sitting in the courtroom’s public gallery.

“I love yous… tell my Mam I love her,” he said.

Judge Walsh granted free legal aid in the case after Mr Kelleher made an application and there was no garda objection.

Gardai were called to the scene at around 4pm on Saturday and Mr Curran was brought to St James’s Hospital where he was pronounced dead a short time later.

A young woman (18) was also arrested and was released without charge in the early hours of this morning, with a file being prepared for the DPP.

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