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A man serving a 15 year jail sentence for abducting a woman and repeatedly raping her claims his phone calls to his lawyers are being tapped by the prison authorities.

Michael Murray (43), formerly of Killiney Oaks, Killiney, Dublin, and previously with an address at Devonshire Street, Cork City,  pleaded not guilty at the Central Criminal Court to rape, attempted rape and aggravated sexual assault between 12-13 February 2010 in a Dublin city apartment.

He also denied abduction of the woman's child, threats to kill or cause serious harm, false imprisonment, stealing a bank card and stealing cash from two ATMs.

He was found guilty on all counts by a unanimous jury decision in July 2013 and was sentenced to 15 years the following October.

He recently brought High Court proceedings claiming the prison authorities were illegally tapping his phone calls to his lawyers.

He appeared before High Court president Mr Justice Nicholas Kearns Wednesday (March 18) when his lawyers sought to no longer represent him, or "come off record".   Murray told the judge he had no objection to the application and he would be representing himself in this legal challenge.

Murray said there had been a development in his case in that he believed there had been further interception of his calls as a computer he had been provided with had been seized by gardai from his cell.   The computer was now in garda HQ, he said.

Mr Justice Kearns said he was only dealing with the application for his solicitors to come off record but he (Murray) could make any application he wanted in relation to the computer.

The court heard his case has been listed for hearing before the High Court in July.

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