Police are hoping mobile phone data will hold the clue to solving the murder of Irish charity worker John Curran in South Africa.
Local authorities in Cape Town where Mr Curran, 60, was brutally stabbed to death in his home are hoping the location of the aid worker’s device will lead them to the suspect, it was confirmed last night.
It is understood the dad of four, who worked as a school principal in Dublin for 16 years, was killed for his mobile phone, although a police spokesman told the Irish Sunday Mirror: “We can’t speculate about the murder.”
No suspect has yet been arrested although investigators are working “around the clock”.
Mobile phone carriers are aiding detectives as they conduct a probe into the murder of John who was brutally hacked to death on Wednesday.
A police spokesman said: “Leads regarding the mobile phone has been a challenge but service providers are cooperating.”
The case is being treated as a murder investigation. John was found dead in his apartment having received “multiple” knife wounds to his body.
Forensic analysis for DNA was conducted on various samples, including the knife, which was found at the murder scene.
A postmortem is due to be conducted tomorrow. The spokesman said CCTV footage will not be released as it is feared this would jeopardise the investigation.
John was due to return to Ireland within the next two weeks, having completed his contract with the Mellon Educate, an Irish-based African development charity.
On Wednesday morning screams were heard from his home after his girlfriend found the remains.
Tributes have been flooding in for the “much loved” charity worker as news of his death spread.
Niall Mellon, CEO of Mellon Educate, said: “John was much loved by everyone who met him and especially by the thousands of children he helped during his time with Mellon Educate.
“We are assisting his family in every way we can and your warm wishes of empathy are sincerely appreciated.”
Members of the public have visited The Good Shepherd National School in Churchtown, Dublin, where Mr Curran previously worked, to sign a book of condolence.
His killing is the second tragedy to hit his family after his son Eoin died in a sailing accident in New York in 2010.
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