Man charged in connection with killing in Limerick

The late Ger Curtin.

A MAN has been charged by Gardaí in connection with the death of Ger Curtin in Limerick City yesterday (Saturday) morning.

The suspect, aged in his 40s, is due to appear before a special sitting of Limerick District Court sitting in Ennis at 5pm this (Sunday) evening.

It’s understood Mr Curtin (42) suffered fatal injuries when he was allegedly struck with an implement, believed to have been a shovel or spade, outside a house at Sarsfield Avenue in Garryowen.

When Gardaí arrived at the scene they found Mr Curtin unresponsive in the front drive of the house and arrested a man at the scene.

Paramedics attended Mr Curtin at the scene but he was pronounced dead a short time later.

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Gardaí said a post mortem had been conducted but that they were withholding the autopsy results “for operational reasons”.

“The arrested man, aged in his 40s, has since been released from the provisions of Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act, 1984, and has been charged in relation to the incident. He is due to appear before a Special sitting of Ennis District Court this evening, Sunday 5th November, 2023,” said a Garda spokeswoman.

“Any person who was in the vicinity of Sarsfield Avenue on Saturday morning 4th November 2023, between 4am and 5.15am, and who may have camera footage, including CCTV and dashcam footage, is asked to make this available to investigating Gardaí.”

The Garda spokeswoman said that Gardaí were thankful “to all those people who have come forward and assisted with this investigation thus far”.

“Anyone with information which may assist Gardaí is asked to contact Henry Street Garda Station on 061 212 400, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111, or any Garda station.”

Mr Curtin, from Railway House, Spitland, Old Cork Road, was known to Gardaí and had a number of convictions mainly for burglary and theft.

Tributes and photos of the deceased were shared on social media by loved ones and friends.

One woman, who shared a touching tribute to Mr Curtin, wrote: “Rest easy my cousin Ger, my nans favourite. Please God mind and protect my uncle, (his) wife, and all my cousins. So cruel.”

Friends said they were “devastated” and asked for prayers for Mr Curtin’s family, who were being supported by a Garda family liaison officer.

Sympathies shared online by another woman read: “Thinking of all the Curtins at this time. RIP Ger.”

Another friend wrote: “Thinking of the Curtin family at this sad time. RIP Ger, one cruel world we live in.”

Others who shared their shock online wrote how it was “very sad”, and “so heartbreaking, rest peacefully Ger, my condolences to all his family at this very sad time”.

“It’s a sin, a young boy with his whole life ahead of him. May he rest in peace, my condolences to all the Curtin family,” added another woman.