Dearbhail McDonald: The least victims deserve is to feel safe on our streets
Published 12/08/2010 | 05:00
NEVER let a crisis go to waste. Mostly we hear this phrase deployed in a financial context, but it could equally be applied to the flaws in our treatment -- pre- and post-release -- of convicted sex offenders.
Larry Murphy's rape and attempted murder of a Carlow businesswoman may have entered much more quietly into the annals of horrific rapes in Ireland had it not been for his emergence as a suspect in the disappearance and suspected murders of at least three other women.
Murphy has never been charged or prosecuted in relation to those alleged crimes and can not be interned in relation to them.