Saturday 22 October 2016

Criminal with 40 prior convictions killed in car crash

Christopher Curtin
Christopher Curtin

A well-known Limerick criminal has died in a car crash.

Christopher 'Gunna' Curtin, (22), of Salvia Court, Southill, was killed when a car he was a passenger in, hit a ditch yesterday.

The single vehicle collision happened on the R511 Fedamore to Limerick Road at Carnane, Co Limerick, shortly after 2am, yesterday.

Gardai said Curtin - who had around 40 previous convictions, including burglary and car theft - "suffered fatal injuries when the car he was travelling in as a passenger left the road and struck a ditch," gardai said.

"He was pronounced dead at the scene. His body was taken to University Hospital Limerick. A post mortem is to be arranged."

The driver of the car, a woman in her early 20s, "received minor injuries and was taken to University Hospital Limerick".


"No other injuries were reported", gardai also stated.

The road was closed for several hours "to facilitate Garda Forensic Collision Investigators" carry out a detailed examination of the fatal crash site.

Gardai at Roxboro Road appealed for witnesses, "particularly those who travelled the R511 close to Fedamore between 1am and 2.20am [yesterday]."

In February 2012, while he was the subject of a garda manhunt after escaping from custody, Curtin brazenly walked into Limerick circuit courtroom wearing shades to attend his sentencing hearing for burglary at the home of a prominent solicitor.

Curtin, then aged 18, had escaped from custody two days previously as he was brought to prison on remand.

He was subsequently jailed for three years, with the final year suspended, after pleading guilty to burglary at the home of solicitor Turlough Herbert, a former Limerick hurler.

Curtin was one of three men who broke into Mr Herbert's home at the rear of Herbert's family-run pub, at Sallymount, Castleconnell, on May 5, 2011.

Mr Herbert had confronted the three burglars and was bitten by one of them, not Curtin.

The court was told that two of the three men, but not Curtin, were armed with a knife and a scissors. The gang fled in Mr Herbert's jeep after terrorising him and his sister.

A probation report at the time said Curtin was of a "high risk of re-offending".


Curtin was later jailed for stealing a car after been pursued by gardai along the Limerick Tunnel, reaching speeds of 180km in June 2013.

Curtin's father, Christopher Curtin Snr, and his uncle, Paul Curtin, were both jailed for a total of ten years in Feb 2009, after a six-year-old girl was injured in a gun attack in Limerick.

Christopher Curtin, aged 39 at the time, was caged for seven years, while his brother, Paul, then 28, was jailed for three years.

Christopher Curtin Jnr is to be reposed at Cross's Funeral Home, Limerick, Wednesday, from 4.30pm with removal at 6.30pm.

Requiem Mass is to take place at the Holy Family Church, Southill, tomorrow at 11am, with burial afterwards in Mount St Oliver Cemetery.

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