Wednesday 22 November 2017

Man jailed for falsely imprisoning woman escorted from jail to freedom

Philip Murphy
Philip Murphy
Conor Feehan

Conor Feehan

A Dublin man jailed for ten years for kidnapping a woman has been escorted from jail to freedom after serving his sentence.

 Philip Murphy (36) a father of three with previous addresses at Elmbrook Crescent, Lucan and Lindisfarne Vale, Clondalkin, was driven from Arbour Hill before lunchtime and brought to the Housing section of South Dublin County Council.

 He had served eight years after being convicted of falsely imprisoning a Polish woman in Clondalkin on June 7, 2008.

 Dublin Circuit Criminal Court was told that Murphy was nominated as a suspect on the basis of his modus operandi.

 Judge Frank O'Donnell said that during the trial it had been put to Murphy, who denied the charges, that he had been "scouring the countryside looking for a victim" but noted that he could only deal with the evidence that was before him.

 He imposed a ten-year sentence for the false imprisonment offence and a three-year sentence for producing a knife, to run concurrently.

 Det Insp Peter O'Boyle told the court that the woman was waiting at a bus stop at 6.30am on her way to work when a car pulled up.

 The driver offered to give her a lift but at first she refused. He returned a short time later and again offered to give her a lift. The woman got into the car and they drove a distance, chatting normally.

 She asked the man to turn right at a roundabout towards her workplace but he told her he had to get petrol.

 She asked to get out of the car but he produced a craft knife and told her to be quiet or he would cut her.

 The woman pleaded with him and was of the belief that she was going to be raped or killed. She said in a statement: "The fear will never leave me".

 Det Insp O'Boyle said the woman tried to jump out of the moving car but was restrained by the seat belts. She eventually released the seat belt and when the car stopped she ran from it towards her workplace.

 After his release today Murphy was driven to the Housing section of South Dublin County Council where he left a short time later without comment.

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