Friday 26 December 2014

Rapist in jail attack on garda detectives

Declan Brennan

Published 27/01/2014 | 07:26

Escort agency boss and rapist Michael Murray (taken from independent.ie story 30/7/13)
Michael Murray

VIOLENT rapist Michael Murray attacked detectives who informed him in prison that the DPP was appealing the leniency of his 15-year sentence.

The State is set to appeal the prison sentence imposed on the thug who tied up and repeatedly raped a mother after abducting her from a city street.

Murray (42) lured the woman, who was walking her four-year-old son from school, into an apartment by telling her that an elderly woman was dying inside and needed help.

ABANDONING

He then tied her up and beat her before taking her son and abandoning him in a public square in the middle of the night before returning to the flat where he raped the victim again.

In July 2013, he was sentenced to 15 years for the attack.

When detectives recently travelled to the Midlands Prison to serve papers notifying Murray of the DPP's intention to appeal against the leniency of the sentence at the Court of Criminal Appeal, the rapist reacted violently.

The sexual predator tried to grab at gardai during the visit and jumped up on a table in the visitors' room and refused to get down before prison officers forcibly removed him from the room. Prison sources said that Murray is on 23-hour lock-up and is "scared of his shadow" in prison.

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, two counts of rape, attempted rape, oral rape and aggravated sexual assault between February 12 and 13, 2010 in a Dublin city centre apartment.

He also denied child abduction, threats to kill or cause serious harm, false imprisonment, stealing a bank card and stealing cash from two ATMs.

Murray has already instructed his legal team to lodge their own appeal against the conviction and the sentence.

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