Murder mystery in the city

John Curran was murdered in his Buitengracht Street flat last Wednesday.

No arrests have been made in the murder of John Curran, 60, who was stabbed in his flat in Buitengracht Street last Wednesday.

Cape Town Central police spokesperson, Captain Ezra October, said the police were called to the scene on Wednesday November 7 at 10am, where they found the Irish citizen’s body.

He was found with multiple stab wounds and paramedics declared him dead on the scene.

Captain October said police had combed the area for evidence and found the knife which could have been used in the murder.

There were no signs of forced entry and nothing was found missing, except for Mr Curran’s cellphone.

Police are trying to get information from the cellphone through the service provider, and they are currently looking at video footage to get further information on who gained access to the flat, owned by Mr Curran.

His family is still in Ireland and police are in contact with them about his murder, said Captain October.

Mr Curran was the former educational director at Mellon Educate, a non-profit organisation which works with the government to improve the quality of education at under-resourced schools.

Bernadette Smyth, of Mellon Educate, said it was with deep regret and great sadness that Mellon Educate learnt of the death of their former employee and director of education.

“Mr Curran recently completed a two-year contract as head of the Mellon Educate education team in South Africa and was on vacation in Cape Town until the end of the year.

“Mellon Educate together with the Embassy of Ireland are doing all they can to assist John’s family at this very difficult time,” she said.