Tagging of rapist Murphy not possible, Ahern told TD
Published 29/11/2010 | 05:00
JUSTICE Minister Dermot Ahern told a concerned TD it was not possible to put an electronic tag on notorious rapist Larry Murphy following his release.
Correspondence obtained by the Irish Independent reveals how Wicklow Fine Gael TD Billy Timmins asked Mr Ahern about the possible tagging of Murphy (pictured).
However, he was told there were "legal difficulties" with doing so.
Murphy (45) walked free from Arbour Hill prison in Dublin last August after serving just 10-and-half years of a 15-year sentence for the rape, abduction and attempted murder of a young businesswoman.
He refused to undergo any rehabilitation treatment while in prison.
The former carpenter, from Baltinglass, Co Wicklow, was also a suspect in the disappearance of three women around Leinster in the 1990s, but never faced charges.
He fled the country within weeks of being set free following public concern over his movements.
Prior to his release, Mr Timmins wrote to Mr Ahern saying the public had "legitimate fears" about Murphy. The TD asked if Murphy would be tagged, saying there was "a prospect that he may reoffend".
Mr Ahern said it was "unlikely it would be possible to have Larry Murphy tagged" as there were "legal difficulties with the electronic monitoring of persons who have fully completed their sentences".
Murphy was recently reported to have been seen in Amsterdam.