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Rapist Murphy moves to France

Suspected killer is understood to be living in mainland Europe because of negative publicity

JIM CUSACK and MAEVE SHEEHAN

Published 26/09/2010 | 05:00

The rapist and suspected killer Larry Murphy is now believed to be living in France and does not intend to return to Ireland.

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Despite persistent rumours that he has returned, Murphy, 45, spent only a week in Dublin after his release from prison, apart from a brief visit to Cork.

Reports that he had relocated to the Costa del Sol in Spain sparked near panic in the region after local media took up the story. Reported sightings of Murphy in his native Baltinglass, Co Wicklow, where he was supposed to be visiting a sick relative, were dismissed by gardai.

However, it is understood an arrangement has now been worked out with French police for Murphy to live there under close supervision. Murphy will have to comply with the same procedures applied under the Sex Offenders Register, where he has to inform police of his whereabouts.

Gardai are in touch with the French police over his conditions of release. He does not have to make regular contact or sign on at a police station.

A register of sex offenders is currently being introduced in France, in the aftermath of a horrific case in Montignac of a paedophile ring involving 60 people, who systematically raped and abused 45 children as young as six.

It emerged that several of the paedophiles had previous convictions but had been unsupervised after release and were persistent offenders.

It is expected to take up to five years for France to establish a functioning register.

The major concern about Murphy is that he has refused any therapy, apart from a psychiatric evaluation -- and that is understood to have established him as psychopathic.

Some gardai were angry that he was not arrested immediately on his release and questioned again about the disappearances of young women. There is circumstantial evidence to link him to the sites of the disappearances of Jo Jo Dullard, 21, who went missing in November, 1995, and Deirdre Jacob, 18, who went missing in October 1998.

There is no evidence to link him to the disappearance of the American student Annie McCarrick, 26, who disappeared in September 1991.

Some gardai have been convinced for some time that Murphy should be questioned about the murder of Antoinette Smith, a 27-year-old mother of two, who disappeared in July 1987. Her body was discovered near Kilakee in the Dublin Mountains in June 1988. She had been strangled with her own bra.

Murphy was attempting to strangle the young Co Carlow businesswoman he had abducted and raped, with her bra, when he was spotted by two hunters in the Wicklow Mountains in February 2000.

The suspicion of Murphy's link to Jo Jo Dullard's disappearance is based on the fact that the first place he raped the young Co Carlow woman is the last spot Jo Jo was seen alive. He was working in Newbridge on or about the day Deirdre Jacob disappeared.

At least five other women disappeared in the Leinster area before Murphy was arrested. Their remains have never been recovered. During the period of his imprisonment, no women disappeared in this area.

Murphy is unlikely to return to Ireland, gardai believe, because of the amount of publicity surrounding him.

In the immediate aftermath of his release, two four-man teams of officers followed him everywhere he went.

Surveillance at this level requires six teams to cover a 24-hour period. With back-up transport -- including the garda helicopter for over a day -- costs were running to thousands of euro daily.

Rumours of Murphy's whereabouts spread like wildfire after his release, including several that he returned to the Baltinglass area, but gardai say that apart from the day-trip to Cork he never left Dublin.

Sunday Independent

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