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Wednesday 7 December 2016

Screwdriver killer's letter read at funeral of stab victim brother

The coffin of Paul Curran arriving at St Agnes's Church Picture: Caroline Quinn
The coffin of Paul Curran arriving at St Agnes's Church Picture: Caroline Quinn

A letter from a killer serving life in jail for brutally murdering two men with a screwdriver was read at the funeral of his brother who was stabbed to death in Dublin.

Paul Curran (23) died after being attacked at the Seagull House flats in Dolphin's Barn on Saturday, July 16.

At St Agnes's Church in Crumlin yesterday, a letter from his older brother David, who was not allowed out of prison to attend the funeral, was read out at the end of the Requiem Mass.

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, Drimnagh.

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

"Paulie, I can't believe you're gone, my heart is broken. My little brother, and not only my brother but my oldest friend. I have so many good memories of us," David Curran wrote.

He remembered times as a child playing with cars, footballs and scooters with Paul, and their school days together.

"This is the hardest letter I have ever written. I'll have you with me always. I will think of you every day.

"One day won't go by that I won't talk to you. You brought so much love and happiness to people's lives and your memory will carry that forever," he added.

"I got the picture of the two of us in school. I remember that day. You wouldn't do the picture without me.

"You are our shining star. Sleep tight my beautiful little brother," he said, asking Paul to look over him and help him look after all their family.

While Paul 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.

He was not present at the funeral either as he is serving a jail sentence.

Gifts brought to the altar included a dumbbell to signify Paul's love of fitness, and a Crazy Frog soft toy.

Monsignor John Deasy told the mourners there were two families grieving - the Curran family and the family of the person who took Paul's life.

"A few minutes of anger had such tragic consequences," he said. He also said the Curran family bore no grudge against the family of Paul's killer.

Healing

"On Friday afternoon I met with Paul's mother Liz. She told me she did not hold a grudge against the young man's family. It is only in forgiveness that we can find healing and peace," he added.

An 18-year-old man has been charged with Paul's murder.

Graham McEvoy, of Captain's Road in Crumlin, appeared before Judge Michael Walsh at Dublin District Court last Monday.

He made a thumbs up gesture and said "Tell my ma I love her" as he was remanded in custody.

After the funeral, Paul Curran's remains were brought to Mount Jerome Crematorium.

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