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Monday 5 December 2016

Man stabbed at city flats may have been killed over drug debt

Paul McGuirk Curran
Paul McGuirk Curran
David Curran
Flowers left at the scene of the killing
Gardai at Seagull House in Dolphin’s Barn

Gardai are investigating whether the fatal stabbing of a man in the city centre over the weekend was linked a "low-level" drugs dispute.

Gardai have arrested a man and a woman, both aged 18, in connection with the attack in Seagull House, on Rutland Avenue at around 4pm on Saturday.

They are being held at Crumlin and Sundrive Road Garda Stations under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act.

Paulie Curran was not suspected of being involved in serious crime and gardai in Sundrive Road station are investigating if his death is linked to a localised dispute among "low-level drug dealers".

Brutal

Local sources said he owed money to somebody and this will form part of the garda investigation.

Paul Curran was a brother of double-killer David Curran, who is serving life for the brutal murder of two Polish men in a case that shocked the nation in 2008.

David Curran was just 17 when he stabbed Pawel Kalite (28) and Marius Szwaijkos (27) to death with a screwdriver outside their home on Benbulben Road in Drimnagh.

He claimed he was "off his head" on drink and drugs when he attacked the men, believing his father had been attacked by Mr Kalite.

While Curran is not believed to have serious criminal convictions, his father Michael McGuirk, was part of a gang involved in a €240,000 tiger kidnapping in October 2009.

His trial heard how terrified bank official Nicola Hall woke in the middle of the night to find armed raiders in their home.

The gang separated the couple from each other and photographed them with a gun put to their heads.

Her husband John and two children, aged three and six, were held by the gang, while Ms Hall was forced to go to the Bank of Ireland in Inchicore where she worked.

McGuirk was later arrested when his fingerprints and DNA were found on a phonebox and van.

He was jailed for ten years for the offence.

Gardai are appealing for witnesses or to anyone who can assist with the investigation into the stabbing to contact them at Sundrive Road Garda Station on 01-666 6600,

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