One of Ireland's most-feared predators is beaten up in vigilante attack
One of Ireland’s most-feared predators was beaten by up to eight men in a vigilante attack.
Gardai are investigating the brutal assault on convicted kidnapper Philip Murphy (35), who was set upon after he left a shop in the Parkgate Street area of the city.
He even ran behind the counter of a shop to try to escape the savage beating.
Clondalkin criminal Murphy has been under threat since he was released from Arbour Hill Prison in February where he served a 10-year sentence for kidnapping a woman in 2008.
The assault took place shortly after 6pm on Sunday when four men jumped out of a car and attacked Murphy as he walked on Montpelier Hill, close to the Phoenix Park.
It is understood that after being struck several times, he fled into a shop in nearby Parkgate Street.
Sources said he ran behind the counter of the store, but quickly left the shop and was beaten again by the group of men.
They were then joined by a number of other men who chased Murphy towards the homeless accommodation that he is staying in.
Once he was inside the homeless shelter in the north inner city, his attackers left the area.
He was brought to St James’s Hospital for treatment and on Monday he made a statement to gardai about the assault.
Investigators have collected CCTV from the shop that Murphy ran into and are attempting to identify the men who attacked the convicted criminal.
Since his release from jail, Murphy has been arrested and questioned about the alleged attempted false imprisonment of two women in the Drumcondra area of Dublin.
It also previously emerged that he is a suspect for a failed abduction in Navan, Co Meath, in February.
The predator has been staying in various locations in Dublin and Co Wicklow over the last few months.
In July it emerged he had obtained a new passport and it was believed he was planning to skip the country.
Sources have revealed Sunday’s vicious attack was not the first time that Murphy has been targeted by vigilantes since his release from prison.
He was previously assaulted in the Phoenix Park and was the victim of an attempted stabbing in the Christchurch area.
Murphy was jailed in 2009 for falsely imprisoning a Polish woman in Clondalkin on June 7, 2008. His victim had been waiting at a bus stop at 6.30am when Murphy offered her a lift.
When the woman asked him to stop the car he took out a large knife and said he would “cut” her if she screamed.
Murphy was the chief suspect in a similar incident in 2008.
He was questioned in connection with an attempted abduction of another woman, but there was not enough evidence to charge him.