THIS is the first image of the violent baby-faced thug who used the cover of traveling to his employment to prey on defenseless pensioners.
The Irish Sun can reveal Joseph Curran – whose brother David, 29, is serving life for the murders of Pawel Kalite, 28 and Marius Szwaijkos, 27, in 2008 – “specifically targeted” two senior citizens in south Dublin before going to work at an industrial unit in June 2021.
On the first occasion on June 22, 2021, he targeted a woman, 76, on Dowland Avenue, at 8.30am as she walked to Crumlin Church.
During the robbery, the drug addict’s victim suffered injuries to her wrists as she was pushed to the ground before her handbag was stolen.
The bag contained cash, a bank card and three sets of house keys.
Just one week later, the hood, 22, struck again when he stole a handbag from a woman, 67, in Walkinstown Avenue.
He would also go on to target two senior citizens in the Beechwood Avenue area Ranelagh, on September 16, 2021.
As part of their investigation, Gardai claimed Curran “specifically targeted old people on their own.”
They said: “He also stalks them for some time. He has no regard for the victim’s safety or consequences. “
One source told us: “When he was on his way to work his plan was to target senior citizens when there weren’t too many people about.
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“He had no problem committing these offenses before going about his daily business.
“He wasn’t very clever and was caught through the use of CCTV and DNA.”
We can also reveal he was identified as a suspect on the first attack after a witness provided gardai with a detailed description of the suspect’s clothing.
He was also caught by the guards on CCTV stalking his victim.
And once identified as a chief suspect, the guards swooped on his home and recovered his clothing used in the attack.
At the time of the incidents, Curran was on bail for a burglary at Shelton Park, Kimmage, on October 10, 2019.
During that break-in, he was confronted by a homeowner who managed to remove his Nike hoodie.
And we can reveal Curran was identified as a suspect in that case because he was caught wearing the same hoodie on CCTV when he was signing his bail at Crumlin Garda station in relation to another offense.
His DNA was also recovered from the item of clothing. The investigation into the robberies and burglaries in Crumlin was run by Garda Gary Cleary under the command of Supt Frank Ferry.
And we can also reveal how Curran’s dad is convicted tiger kidnapper Michael McGuirk, 55.
McGuirk is now back on his old stomping ground after he was released from prison two years ago.
He received a ten year sentence in 2013 for being part of a gang who stole € 250,000 from a tiger kidnapping in October 2009.
During Curran’s appearance in court last week, the court heard how he had 65 previous convictions for robbery, burglary, criminal damage and possessing stolen property.
Curran was sentenced to eight-and-a-half years, but Judge Melanie Greally suspended the final two-and-a-half years of the sentence on strict conditions.
Another of Curran’s brothers, Paul, 24, was killed in 2016 in Crumlin after he was stabbed to death.