Face of man who subjected woman to horrific rape ordeal
Published 21/10/2013 | 13:23
This is the man who violently attacked and raped a woman before setting her four year old son loose to wander the streets of Dublin alone.
Michael Murray (42) formerly of Killiney Oaks, Killiney in Dublin was sentenced to 15 years at the Central Criminal Court.
He had pleaded not guilty at the Central Criminal Court to two counts of sexual assault, two counts of rape, attempted rape and aggravated sexual assault between February 12 and 13 2010 in a Dublin city apartment.
He had also denied counts of child abduction, threats to kill, false imprisonment and theft.
Neither the woman nor her family were present in court today for the sentence hearing.
The woman, a foreign national living here, was collecting her four year old son from play school when Murray coaxed her into an apartment by telling her that somebody was dying inside and needed her help. He then tied her up and gagged her, drove her son away and left him in a public square in the middle of the night before returning to attack and repeatedly rape the victim.
Mr Justice Patrick McCarthy jailed Murray for 15 years, telling the court that he could not impose a lesser sentence.
Murray has a string of 20 previous convictions - an "extremely serious list of violent offences going back many years," Judge McCarthy said.
Many of the offences involved "intrusion into people's homes," he added.
He said she had subjected the woman to "violence and depravity" - noting that Murray had at one point asked her to "pretend that she was ten years old and to call him Daddy."
The woman had attempted to escape and had smashed a glass tumbler, using it to cut her neck and she still has the wound today, the Judge said.
He said the woman wants to "forget all these matters" to the point where she "couldn't bear" to remain in court for the trial.
The attack had changed her life - she still lives in fear and distrusts people, fearing that such an incident could happen again. She and her family now live outside Dublin, leaving their circle of friends behind. Her son had been "deeply unhappy" with the move and had initially found it hard to make new friends, the Judge noted from the Victim Impact Statement.