Monday 27 January 2020

Defiant to the end, criminal tried to tarnish his victim's name

Breda Heffernan and Nicola Anderson

THAT convicted rapist Michael Murray is appealing both his conviction and 15-year sentence is hardly surprising.

In fact, it is to be expected from the thug who forced his terrified victim to take to the witness box, face him in court and re-live her ordeal.

The woman, who was abducted along with her four-year-old son, still lives in daily fear that "evil" Murray will find her and rape her again.

Career criminal Murray, who has a conviction for armed robbery, made no secret of what he planned to do following his release from Mountjoy Prison more than a decade ago.

"I have a trade, I'm a criminal. I won't lie to you. I'm waiting to get out so I can go back to do what I did, and that's armed robbery," he told the 'Evening Herald' in 2000.

At one stage he was incarcerated in the high-security Portlaoise Prison and bragged about meeting "all the notorious gangsters" as he showed photographs of himself with 'Border Fox' Dessie O'Hare and crime boss John Gilligan.

During his trial, Murray claimed he was running an escort agency.

In an effort to tarnish the reputation of his victim, he claimed she was working for him as an escort and "dominatrix" and had offered to have sex with him in order to repay a debt – claims directly contradicted by interviews he gave to gardai.

In fact, she had not met Murray before the day of the attack and was walking home with her son from playschool.

Showing his propensity for violence, Murray arrived at a sentencing hearing at the Courts of Criminal Justice in Dublin last week armed with razor blades and told prison officers he intended to "go after" a journalist.

When the judge ordered that Murray appear in handcuffs, the rapist refused to enter the courtroom. It was to be a last act of defiance for an arrogant brute.

Irish Independent

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