Saturday 19 October 2019

'Screwdriver' killer David Curran granted day release from prison where he serves life sentence for double murder

David Curran in Clondalkin and inset, murder victims Pawel Kalite, left (26), and Mariusz Szwajkos (27)
David Curran in Clondalkin and inset, murder victims Pawel Kalite, left (26), and Mariusz Szwajkos (27)
David Curran in Clondalkin

Patrick O'Connell

Double murderer David Curran is being granted secret outings from prison to visit with his family – just nine years into a double life sentence for stabbing two Polish mechanics to death.

Our exclusive pictures show the 28-year-old murderer hugging and kissing family members after an eight-hour meeting at a Church-owned building in Clondalkin, West Dublin.

Pawel Kalite, left (26), and Mariusz Szwajkos (27)
Pawel Kalite, left (26), and Mariusz Szwajkos (27)
Pawel Kalite: Polish man was stabbed to death in Drimnagh
David Curran in Clondalkin

The Sunday World watched on as Curran enjoyed his first taste of freedom on Sunday, May 12th last – nine years to the day since he was jailed for the horrific murders of Pawel Kalite (28) and Marius Szwajkos (27), in 2010.

Curran arrived at the property off New Road in Clondalkin shortly after 11pm in the company of two prison officers travelling in an unmarked prison vehicle.

He has bulked up considerably from the scrawny teenager jailed in 2010, and was quickly ushered inside the property by prison officers.

Curran's trial was told of how the two young mechanics had come to this country to make a better life for themselves and their families, only to be murdered by a teenaged Curran.

David Curran
David Curran

Curran, who was 17 at the time, used a screwdriver to stab both men through the head – the tip of the screwdriver entering through their temples.

There was something “profoundly sinister” in the way the two victims were murdered, Mr Justice Liam McKechnie said at Curran’s sentencing hearing.

“There was no fight. Neither of these people threw a punch. There wasn’t even a scuffle,” remarked the judge.

“There were no blows to the arms, legs or torso and there wasn’t even an attempt to do so.

Flowers are left on the doorstep of the house where Marijus Szwajkos and Pawel Kalite were stabbed to death
Flowers are left on the doorstep of the house where Marijus Szwajkos and Pawel Kalite were stabbed to death
Peter Kaminski from Poland looks at flowers, candles and personal tributes at a vigil in Drimnagh, Dublin for murdered Poles Pawel Kalite and Mariusz Szwajkos

“With lethal accuracy, David Curran aimed at probably the most vulnerable part of the human body, the temple. Then by a single blow, which penetrated the skull, he caused his [Pawel’s] death.

“There was no possibility of recovery. That blow wasn’t enough.

“He removed the screwdriver and with the same lethal accuracy, aiming it at the same point and in the same way, he murdered Mariusz.”

Curran carried out the horrific killings on February 23, 2008, outside the men’s rented accommodation on Benbulben Road following an earlier altercation involving Pawel and Curran’s father, convicted tiger kidnapper Michael McGuirk.

Pawel, a mechanic with Ace Autobody in Dublin, had walked down to the Drimnagh Takeaway when he was bumped into by one of a group of teens loitering outside.

Pawel chased after the boy, prompting a scuffle, when suddenly a car pulled up and Michael McGuirk got out.

He grabbed Pawel by the throat, telling him to leave the teenager alone. Pawel was knocked to the ground and kicked and punched by some of the teenagers before a bystander intervened and Pawel returned home.

Meanwhile a girl who was outside the chipper when the row occurred phoned David Curran, and minutes later he appeared, armed with a screwdriver.

Curran had spent the day drinking and taking a mix of prescription drugs and cannabis with several other teenagers down at a nearby canal.

Earlier they had stolen a moped from outside a pub and torched it after taking two bottles of wine and the murder weapon, a black and orange Philips screwdriver, from the seat compartment.

When Curran got the call, he was with another friend.

Pawel, Mariusz and another housemate, Kamila, were in the garden when the teens arrived. According to numerous witnesses Curran ran towards the Polish friends with the screwdriver held up at head height.

Kamila ducked to avoid the first blow, but Pawel, standing beside her, was not so lucky. He fell to the ground when the screwdriver pierced his skull at the temple, driving deep into his brain, leaving irreparable damage.

As Mariusz jumped over the fence to help his injured friend, Curran swung the screwdriver again, inflicting an almost identical wound, and with just as devastating consequences.

Curran’s defence was one of provocation. He claimed that he had been told Pawel had stabbed his father and had been out of control on the volatile cocktail of drink and drugs.

But the jury rejected this defence and convicted Curran unanimously for the murder of Pawel, while finding him guilty of the murder of Mariusz by a majority of 11 to one.

Now just nine years later, Curran's first outing from prison comes just months after he applied for parole for the first time.

Speaking this week, Marius and Pawel’s former boss at Ace Autobody Alan Kennedy said he had been living in dread of this day since 2018 when Curran became eligible to apply for parole.

“I’ve been dreading this day but expecting it since 2018 when he became eligible for parole. To be honest I would have been amazed if someone hadn’t somehow managed to find a way to get him out, but the decision to do this will only cause further upset to the families.

“Pawel and Marius’s families are doing their best to get on with life, but the loss David Curran inflicted on them cannot be described.

“They were young men planning for a future they never got.

“David Curran was given a life sentence in court, but the real life sentence was the one he inflicted on the families of Pawel and Marius.”

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