Thursday 22 February 2018

Rapist and child abductor has 15-year prison sentence increased on appeal by prosecutors

Michael Murray
Michael Murray

Ruaidhrí Giblin

A man jailed for the rape and sexual assault of a woman whose child he abducted in the same incident has had his 15-year prison sentence increased to 19 years following an appeal by the Director of Public Prosecutions.

Michael Murray (46), formerly of Killiney Oaks, Killiney, in Dublin, was jailed for 15 years for rape, attempted rape, oral rape and aggravated sexual assault, child abduction, threats to kill or cause serious harm, false imprisonment and theft at a Dublin apartment on February 12th and 13th, 2010.

The Central Criminal Court heard that Murray had lured his female victim into an apartment by telling her that an elderly woman was dying inside and needed her help.

He tied her up and assaulted her before taking her son (4) away, abandoning him in a city centre square late at night. He returned to the flat where he drugged and raped his victim.

Murray had denied the charges. However he was found guilty on all counts by a unanimous jury verdict.

The Director of Public Prosecutions successfully sought a review of Murray's 15 year prison sentence on grounds that it is “unduly lenient”.

The three-judge Court of Appeal acceded to the DPP's appeal and resentenced Murray to 19 years imprisonment this morning.

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