A MOTHER who was abducted along with her four-year-old son and subjected to a 12-hour rape ordeal has told how she would have given her own life to protect her child.
Rapist Michael Murray (42), of Killiney Oaks, Killiney, Co Dublin – the owner of an escort agency – put his hands around the little boy's neck and threatened to kill him unless the mother co-operated with his sick sexual demands.
Heartbreaking details were heard of how the terrified boy was shouting and crying for his mother outside the bedroom door of a Dublin apartment while she was held captive inside.
"I will live with this nightmare for the rest of my life," said the mother in her victim impact statement, which was read out to the Central Criminal Court on her behalf.
The woman, who is not from Ireland, told how she and her family moved away from Dublin as she was worried that "evil" Murray would find her and rape her again.
"I thought Ireland was a safe country for me and my husband to raise our family. All that has changed for me.
"I used to always think people in Ireland were good. Now I don't know anymore," she said.
The woman, who was left with a scar on her neck, said she saw that scar in the mirror every day as a reminder of what Murray did to her. She never told her family in her home country what happened to her.
"When I went home and my mother saw my scar, I didn't tell her.
"Some days I will be really sad. I left Dublin, where I had lots of friends. I have no friends here . . . I don't want anyone to know what happened in the apartment that day."
She told how she was extremely protective of her children and her son, now aged seven, still slept in her bed at night. She hoped that he would forget the events of that terrible day in which, after he was abducted with his mother, he was dumped by Murray on a city street alone late at night.
"I would not like any other mother to suffer that pain, I would have given my own life to protect him.
"He always talked about the 'bad man' after this. That's what we called him, the 'bad man'. I hope he forgets everything when he's older."
Detective Sergeant Denis Ellard, of the Bridewell garda station, told how the woman and her son were walking home from his playschool when they were approached by Murray at around 4.30pm on February 12, 2010.
He told them there was an injured woman in an apartment building who needed help and the woman reluctantly agreed to go inside.
That was the beginning of a horrific ordeal which lasted until she was rescued by gardai at 5.30am the next day.
During that time, Murray instructed the woman to pretend she was a 10-year-old girl and to call him "daddy".
He bound and gagged her while he took the boy, who was in an upstairs room, away in his car and left him at the side of the road. He returned to the apartment and subjected the woman to a "protracted and depraved sexual assault".
Murray eventually left and the woman managed to free herself and ran around the apartment desperately trying to find her boy. Garda photographs from the scene show every cupboard door had been wrenched open.
She managed to raise the alarm by smashing a window and throwing plates on to the street. Gardai, who had already found her son and were searching for her, described the woman as "hysterical" when they arrived minutes later.
Murray was convicted in July after pleading not guilty to two counts of sexual assault, two counts of rape, attempted rape, oral rape and aggravated sexual assault between February 12 and 13, 2010.
Mr Justice Patrick McCarthy said he was reserving judgment and adjourned the case to next Monday.