Saturday 24 March 2018

Notorious predator who kidnapped a woman released from prison via side door

Gardai put on alert as notorious predator is back on Dublin’s streets

Philip Murphy leaving Arbour Hill prison after he was released
Philip Murphy leaving Arbour Hill prison after he was released
Conor Feehan

Conor Feehan

A Dublin man considered one of the city’s most dangerous predators is back on the streets.

Philip Murphy (35), who was sentenced to 10 years in prison for kidnapping a woman, was allowed to slip out of the side door of Arbour Hill prison away from waiting media.

Murphy received the 10-year sentence in 2009 for kidnapping a woman a year earlier.

He was the chief suspect in a similar incident that happened in 2008.

He was questioned in connection with an attempted abduction of another central European woman, but there was not enough evidence to charge him.

A source said gardai would have to monitor Murphy, who previously sliced a taxi driver’s neck with a bottle and left him with life-threatening injuries, because of his violent past.

Murphy was released from prison before lunchtime yesterday via a side door, unlike previous high-profile offenders such as rapist Larry Murphy and sex offender Anthony Lyons who walked out of the front door when their sentences were served.

When questioned about the manner of Murphy’s release the Irish Prison Service said it did not comment on individuals or individual cases.

He was jailed after being convicted of falsely imprisoning a Polish woman in Clondalkin on June 7, 2008.

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court was told 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 before him.

He imposed a 10-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 to go 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 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 believed she was going to be raped or killed.

“The fear will never leave me,” she said in a statement.

Det Insp O’Boyle said the woman tried to jump out of the moving car but was restrained by the seatbelts.

She eventually released the belt and when the car stopped she fled from it towards her workplace.

After his release yesterday, father-of-three Murphy was driven to the housing section of South Dublin County Council in Tallaght.

Murphy – with previous addresses at Elmbrook Crescent, Lucan, and Lindisfarne Vale, Clondalkin – left a short time later without speaking.

Wearing a hat and covering his face, he would not comment on his time in prison, whether he was remorseful, or where he intended to live now that he was free.

He walked from the council offices to the car park at the Square Shopping Centre accompanied by a man who is thought to have been assigned to assist him post-release as per prison protocols.

He was then driven away to an unknown location.

Residents in Lindisfarne Vale, where Murphy’s respected family live, said they had heard he was due to be released but did not want him living on or anywhere near their street.

“I have teenage daughters. I don’t want him near them,” said one woman.

“He only brings trouble to the area. His poor mother doesn’t deserve it.

“They are a good family, but he’s definitely not welcome here.”

Another local person said: “That animal is as bad as

Larry Murphy and is a danger to women and young girls.”

Reliable sources said the Murphy family have told him he is not welcome to live with them.


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