CONVICTED rapist Michael Murray arrived at court armed with razor blades and told a prison officer he intended to "go after" a journalist "if he got the chance".
Murray was found guilty of the abduction of a mother and her four-year-old son and the brutal rape of the woman. But he refused to appear before the Central Criminal Court in handcuffs for his sentencing hearing yesterday.
Mr Justice Patrick McCarthy was told that prison authorities advised that Murray be handcuffed while in court, after he was found in possession of a number of razor blades while being processed at the Courts of Criminal Justice in Dublin earlier yesterday morning.
A prison officer took to the witness box to tell the judge how Murray (42), of Killiney Oaks, Killiney, Co Dublin, admitted to having the blades which he handed over.
However, the prison officer then said he had another blade and was "going to use it".
"He mentioned a particular journalist he was going to go after if he got the chance," he said, adding that Murray was searched and was scanned with a metal detector but no further blades were found.
"I can only assume he has it secreted in an area where a metal detector wouldn't pick it up."
He said that Murray could turn "very volatile" in an instant and his advice was that the prisoner be handcuffed during the court hearing.
Defence counsel Anthony Sammon said his client denied having made any threat to any other person. However, his instructions were that Murray would not attend his sentencing hearing while handcuffed and it went ahead in his absence.