Friday 14 December 2018

CCTV appeal in investigation of aid worker's murder

South African Police released images of a man in connection with the murder of John Curran
South African Police released images of a man in connection with the murder of John Curran

Rachel Farrell

Police in South Africa investigating the murder of an Irish aid worker have released CCTV images in connection with the incident.

The South African Police Service is appealing for anyone with information about the man in the pictures to get in touch.

Retired school principal John Curran was discovered with multiple stab wounds at around 10.30am last Wednesday in the Cape Town property where he had been staying for the past two months.

Mr Curran (60) previously lived in Churchtown, south Dublin, where he worked as a principal, before moving to South Africa to work with the Mellon Educate charity.

Investigators confirmed they are treating his death as murder. No arrests have yet been made.

A phone belonging to Mr Curran is missing and detectives are probing if the charity worker was murdered during a robbery.

John Curran. Photo: Irish Primary Principals' Network/PA Wire
John Curran. Photo: Irish Primary Principals' Network/PA Wire

On Tuesday, police released four images appealing for the public's assistance in the murder investigation.

"We need help from the public in identifying this person," Captain FC Van Wyk told the Irish Independent.

"Cape Town Central Detectives seek the assistance of the public in identifying the person depicted in the attached photos.

"If you know the whereabouts of the person in the attached pictures, or can assist with information that will lead to his arrest, contact Detective Warrant Officer Shaun Bardien on 021 467 6320, 021 467 8001 or 073 220 0653 of Cape Town Central police, as he might be able to assist in the investigation of a murder case. Alternatively Crime Stop can be contacted on 08600 10111."

Irish Independent

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