Thursday 29 September 2016

Notorious predator Philip Murphy spotted 'scouring around' scene of knifepoint abduction

Meadhbh McGrath

Published 22/05/2016 | 17:27

Violent offender Philip Murphy speaks on a mobile outside his accommodation in Gardiner
Street
Violent offender Philip Murphy speaks on a mobile outside his accommodation in Gardiner Street
Philip Murphy leaving Arbour Hill prison after he was released
Philip Murphy

Convicted predator Philip Murphy has been seen “hanging around” the area where he kidnapped a woman eight years ago.

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The 36-year-old was released from Arbour Hill prison in February after serving eight years of a 10-year sentence for falsely imprisoning a Polish woman in Clondalkin, Dublin, on June 7, 2008.

This week, Murphy was spotted lurking around the scene where he kidnapped the woman at knifepoint.

“He’s doing a lot of scouring around the area. He was spotted in Newcastle all day on Wednesday,” a source told the Irish Mirror.

Philip Murphy
Philip Murphy

“He was hanging around the Monastery Road area, at Knockmeenagh Lane, where the attack happened. That was the first time he’s been spotted there but we don’t know why he’s up there at all.”

The father-of-three was arrested in March, less than four weeks after his release, and questioned about an alleged attempt to abduct a woman in Dublin. He was released without charge.

Local people in Clondalkin are said to be outraged about his return, and see him as a “threat” to other women in the area.

“He’s a nasty piece of work. The thing is, he’s gone off the radar now and the danger is he’s going to prowl now. That’s why we’ve kept a close eye on him,” the source said.

“We approached him the other day, because he’s hanging around there.”

During the trial in 2009, Judge Frank O’Donnell said Murphy had been “scouring the countryside looking for a victim”.

He imposed a 10-year sentence for false imprisonment and a further three years for producing a knife, to run concurrently.

The court heard that the woman had been waiting at a bus stop at 6.30am to go to work when a car pulled up and offered her a lift.

Philip Murphy leaving Arbour Hill prison after he was released
Philip Murphy leaving Arbour Hill prison after he was released

Although she initially refused, she accepted his offer when he returned a short time later.

After driving for a short distance and chatting normally, she asked him to turn right towards her workplace, but he told her he had to get petrol first.

When she asked to get out of the car, he produced a craft knife and told her to be quiet or he would cut her.

She pleaded with him, and said she believed she was going to be raped or killed, but eventually fled the car.

“The fear will never leave me,” she said in a statement.

Murphy was also the chief suspect in a similar incident that occurred in 2008.

He was questioned in connection with an attempted abduction of an Eastern European woman in Dublin, but no charges were brought against him.

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