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Teen accused of murdering Paul 'Paulie' Curran sent for trial

CourtsBy Tom Tuite
Paul 'Paulie' Curran
Paul 'Paulie' Curran

A YOUTH has been sent forward for trial to the Central Criminal Court charged with murder in connection with a fatal stabbing in Dublin

Paul “Paulie” Curran (24) died after he was stabbed at Seagull House on Rutland Avenue in Crumlin, south Dublin, at around 4pm on July 16. He was rushed to St James Hospital where he was pronounced dead a short time later.

The scene was preserved for a technical examination and Graham McEvoy (18), who has an address at Captain's Road in Crumlin, was arrested the next day and charged with his murder.

He was remanded in custody on July 18 and appeared again on Monday at Dublin District Court where he was served with a book of evidence.

State solicitor Rioghnach Corbett told Judge Anthony Halpin that the DPP consented to the accused being sent forward for trial.

Judge Halpin granted the DPP's request for accused to be returned for trial to the Central Criminal Court. He gave the accused the usual warning stating that he must notify the prosecution if he intends to use an alibi in his defence.

Mr McEvoy, dressed in a black top, runners and grey trousers, was told he would have to provide the names and addresses of the witness and replied “I understand”. A date has not yet been given for his next court appearance.

Due to the nature of the charge, the judge acceded to a request from defence solicitor Niall O'Connor to allow the free legal aid cover representation of junior and senior counsel at the trial.

Bail in a murder case can only be granted by the High Court. At his first hearing in July, Det Danny Sergeant Kelly said that “in reply to the charge after caution, he made no comment”. The youth has not yet indicated how he will plead.

An 18-year-old woman, who had also been detained in relation to the investigation, was released without charge in July pending the preparation of a file for the DPP.