Man in court over murder of former Good Shepherd principal

by Rebecca Ryan

[vc_row][vc_column width=”2/3″][vc_column_text]A man has been charged with the murder of a former principal at a Churchtown school and a loved aid worker.

John Curran (60) was fatally stabbed in Cape Town, South Africa on November 7 during a robbery in his apartment.

24-year-old Congolese born Mitspa Mzakomba Onyoka has appeared in the Cape Town Magistrates Court on Monday charged with his murder. He was also charged with aggravated burglary.

Mr Onyoka was arrested on Friday night in Cape Town. He was given free legal aid and the services of an interpreter.

The suspect is being held in custody and will appear in court again next Monday, December 3.

John was a former principal of the Good Shepherd National School in Churchtown for 16 years up until 2005.

He was in South Africa as a director of education charity Mellon Educate renovating schools and improving the standard of education for those less fortunate in the country.

The father-of-four had just finished his two-year contact with the charity and was staying in Cape Town on holiday for a number of weeks before he was due to come home to Ireland.

At the time, the Churchtown school said: “An innovative educator, John’s vision and enthusiasm still influence our ethos and can be seen at work throughout our school today. We are proud to continue the work he began here in 1989.

“We know that many of you share our fond memories of John. He will be sadly missed by parents, staff, past pupils and all those in the wider Good Shepherd school community.”

While local Minister Josepha Madigan said: “At a national level he was involved in numerous projects with Irish Principals Primary Network over the years. His legacy in the area of education is a significant one. He will be sadly missed.”

A memorial service for John was held in Dublin last Friday and a book of condolence has also been opened in his memory.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/3″][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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