CONVICTED rapist Michael Murray may face further charges, with gardai set to investigate his claims that he ran an escort agency.
Murray (42) was jailed for 15 years at the Central Criminal Court yesterday after he violently abducted, attacked and raped a woman and set her four-year-old son loose to wander the streets of Dublin alone.
The Cork man had lured the foreign woman into an apartment by telling her that an elderly woman needed her help.
He then tied her up and assaulted her before taking her son away and abandoning him in a city centre square in the middle of the night.
He returned to the flat where he drugged the victim and sexually assaulted her.
Murray, formerly of Killiney Oaks, Killiney, Dublin, and with a previous address at Devonshire Street, Cork City, had pleaded not guilty to two counts of sexual assault, a series of rape charges and aggravated sexual assault between February 12 and 13, 2010.
He also denied child abduction, threats to kill or cause serious harm, false imprisonment, stealing a bank card and stealing cash from two ATMs.
He was found guilty on all counts by a unanimous jury decision last July.
After the sentence hearing yesterday, Superintendent Jim Hynes confirmed gardai are to be furnished with transcripts from Murray's trial during which he claimed he ran an escort agency around Dublin and in the Midlands.
Mr Justice Patrick McCarthy said that given the gravity of the offences and the fact that there were no mitigating factors, the appropriate sentence could not be less than 15 years, adding that Murray is unlikely to be rehabilitated in the near future.
Detective Sergeant Dennis Ellard told the court that Murray had lured the woman into the flat. Once inside he told her that if she had sex with him he would let her and her son go.
When she refused, he threatened to kill her. The victim broke a glass and threatened to cut her own throat. Murray put his hands around her son's neck and said he would kill him unless she co-operated.
The trial heard evidence that Murray had run a head-shop and was consuming a cocaine-like substance, mephedrone, throughout the night.
Murray finally left the apartment just after 5am. By this time gardai had found the woman's son safely and Judge McCarthy commented on the child's "resilience", shown by the fact that he had been driven around the city helping to find the place where he thought his mother was being held.
Gardai eventually found the woman after she threw plates from a window.
Murray plans to appeal the verdict and sentence.