Thursday 18 December 2014

Convicted rapist Larry Murphy is still abroad despite claism of local sightings, say gardai

Paul Williams

Published 23/01/2013 | 05:00

SENIOR security sources have confirmed that suspected serial killer Larry Murphy is still living on mainland Europe, despite a number of reported 'sightings' in recent days.

There have been numerous reports of the convicted rapist and kidnapper in Dublin and Kildare in recent days.

However, the 46-year-old carpenter, dubbed the 'Beast of Baltinglass', is still working and living in mainland Europe and has no plans to return home, according to garda sources.

Last year, the Irish Independent revealed how Murphy had been working in Amsterdam since January, 2012 and had teamed up with a convicted double rapist from Dublin.

The two men had been photographed together on several occasions over a five-month period.

Gardai and Europol have confirmed that they know Murphy's current location.

It is understood that he moved from his address in Amsterdam following the Irish Independent investigation last month.

However, over the past week there have been scores of reported sightings of Murphy amid speculation that he had returned to Ireland with his rapist friend who was arrested in Enniskillen by the PSNI.

The Dublin man, who served time with the father of three in Arbour Hill prison and who can not be named for legal reasons, was arrested on foot of an international arrest warrant for failure to comply with the Sex Offenders Act here.

Under the act an offender is obliged to inform gardai of his current address and notify them if he leaves the country.

Murphy, who was given a 15-year sentence for the rape, abduction and attempted murder of a woman in 2000, is not obliged to tell police where he is because his conviction pre-dates the legislation.

The arrest led to false claims on Facebook that Murphy had returned to live in Saggart, Co Dublin, causing panic among local women.

Gardai have said they were concerned for the safety of a local man who bears a "passing resemblance" to the rapist in case he may be attacked.

Whereabouts

Last night, a senior source told the Irish Independent: "He (Murphy) has not set foot in Ireland and police colleagues in Europe know his current whereabouts. He moved following the publicity to another location and this is known to the local police.

"We are concerned that some innocent member of the public could be hurt as a result of reported sightings which are not correct. Mr Murphy has not come to the adverse attention of the police where he currently resides but is still monitored. He is what is known as a 'person of interest'."

As part of our investigation Murphy was confronted on the street near his apartment by this reporter in the beginning of October.

The story was later picked up by the Dutch media, causing widespread concern among the unsuspecting women who lived next door to Murphy.

Irish Independent

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