Convicted sex attacker loses High Court case
A man jailed for 15 years for the rape and sexual assault of a woman whose child he abducted in the same incident has lost a High Court action taken against the State after it emerged his solicitors' calls were recorded in prison.
The action was brought by Michael Murray (43), formerly of Killiney Oaks, Killiney, Dublin, who was jailed at the Central Criminal Court in 2013 for 15 years, for rape, attempted rape, oral rape and aggravated sexual assault, child abduction, threats to kill or cause serious harm, false imprisonment and theft.
Murray, who represented himself for the High Court case taken against the Irish Prison Service and the Minister for Justice, had sought injunctions restraining prison authorities from intercepting his calls, certain declarations and damages.
Dismissing his application yesterday, Mr Justice Seamus Noonan said it was common case that in May and July 2013 some of Murray's phone calls were recorded by the prison authorities which included phone calls between him and his solicitors.
Once the prison authorities became alive to the inadvertent recording, Mr Justice Noonan said, steps were immediately taken to rectify the position.
The judge said there was no ongoing or threatened infringement of Murray's rights in this matter. Accordingly, he dismissed Murray's application and awarded costs against him.