Friday 23 February 2018

Emotional farewell for murdered Irishman and wife

Shane Hickey and Emily Miller in Johannesburg

MORE than 100 mourners filled a small chapel in South Africa during an emotional funeral ceremony for a murdered Irishman and his wife yesterday.

Kevin McGuirk (54) who was originally from Dublin, and his wife Kim (34) were cremated during the service in Johannesburg.

The pair, who had been married for five years, were shot dead last week in the home they shared with Ms McGuirk's father, Erwin Poppinger (75).

Mr Poppinger has been charged with their murders and made another appearance in court yesterday.

A large crowd of mourners, including some members of Mr McGuirk's family who had travelled from Ireland, attended the ceremony yesterday afternoon.

"It was very emotional. There were lots of tears. Kev's family were all mixing with the many friends he made since coming to South Africa," one friend said.

"After the awful week everyone has had, it was almost a relief to be together to remember them."

Prior to the funeral, Mr Poppinger appeared in court for the latest hearing following the double murder on Monday of last week.

Mr Poppinger's lawyer has said the pensioner attacked his daughter and son-in-law after fearing they would try to harm him.

Irish Independent

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