Friday 30 September 2016

Students intimidated as serial rapist Michael Murray 'bangs on doors over noisy parties'

Published 04/05/2016 | 06:49

Convicted rapist Michael Murray walking near his home near UCD Dublin
Convicted rapist Michael Murray walking near his home near UCD Dublin
Michael Murray entering the grounds of UCD

SERIAL rapist Michael Murray has left neighbours feeling threatened and intimidated at his Dublin home.

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Students living in a southside apartment complex have been left terrified after Murray began “banging down doors” to complain over noise.

Murray (55), who served a lengthy prison sentence for raping four women in the space of a week, has been living in the Montrose area close to UCD for the last number of years.

The students, who only found out in recent months they were living beside the evil rapist, are said to be horrified after Murray personally warned them over the late night parties.

A source explained how Murray has given his neighbours a number of “verbal warnings”.

This was the first encounter some of the third-level undergraduates had with the vile sex beast. They are said to be living “in fear” after he confronted them late at night about noise coming from a party.

The Herald previously tracked Murray down at his southside home, and watched as he strolled around the UCD campus, even sunbathing near a running track as unsuspecting students walked by.

Concern

It has now emerged that Murray is causing residents of the apartment block serious concern due to his prior convictions. The sex offender issued a number of complaints against a group of young students who live next door to him.

“People living in that apartment block are very concerned because he is residing there carefree. He has even had the audacity to bang down the door of his neighbours on previous occasions and give out that they’re too noisy.

“Nobody knew about him or his past when he moved in, and it’s too late now for some of the students to secure new accommodation,” a source said.

However, it is not believed that Murray has made any formal complaints.

The apartments are mainly inhabited by young students and families. Parents of students living in the complex have also contacted the Herald, expressing their anger that a convicted serial rapist was moved just 100m away from the UCD campus entrance.

He is believed to have been living in the area for a number of years. He previously lived in Ballsbridge for more than a year, and also stayed in the north inner city after his release in 2009.

Murray was caged in 1996 for raping four women and sexually assaulting two others in south Dublin during a six-day reign of terror in September 1995.

Eighteen months before his rape conviction, he received a four-month sentence for indecently exposing himself to a five-year-old girl and a three-year-old boy after walking into the back garden of a house in Dun Laoghaire. At his trial, two of his victims told the court they thought they were going to die.

Murray was eventually sentenced to 18 years, but with standard remission he served only 13.

Senior detectives expressed major concern when he was once again free to prowl the streets in 2009.

Councillor Mannix Flynn said that more transparency is needed with the rehousing and rehabilitation of sex offenders.

Protection

“Residents should be approached and approve if a convicted sex-offender is to be housed in their area.

“It’s for the protection of the community – women and children – as well as for that of the convicted perpetrator,” Mr Flynn added.

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