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Sunday 25 September 2016

'Tell my mam I love her' - teen charged in stab death

Murder accused Graham McEvoy
Murder accused Graham McEvoy

A teenager charged with the murder of a man in a fatal stabbing called out in court: "Tell my mam I love her."

Graham McEvoy (18) is accused of killing Paul Curran, who was fatally stabbed in a flats complex in Crumlin.

He was remanded in custody for a week at Dublin District Court.

Mr McEvoy was arrested and brought before the court following the death of Mr Curran at the weekend.

The accused, with an address at Captain's Road, also in Crumlin, is charged with murdering Paul Curran at Seagull House, Rutland Street, on July 16.

Mr Curran (24) died after he was stabbed in the stairwell of the complex on Saturday afternoon.

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

Remanded

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.

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

His next appearance will be in the same courtroom in the Criminal Courts of Justice.

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 as the brief hearing ended.

He had not addressed the court during the proceedings.

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.

Plead

A young woman (18) was also arrested and was released without charge, with a file being prepared for the DPP.

Mr McEvoy has not yet indicated how he intends to plead to the charge against him.

Anyone charged with murder who is later convicted faces a mandatory sentence of life imprisonment.

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