Wednesday 29 January 2020

Woman leapt out of hotel window to escape sex attacker

Ken Foy

A WOMAN had to jump from a hotel window to escape an attack by a convicted serial rapist.

Gardai are on the hunt for the attacker, who they suspect is a man who previously served a lengthy prison sentence for falsely imprisoning and sexually assaulting a number of women.

The latest incident happened at a Dublin city hotel on Sunday night after the man lured the woman to his room.

But when he lunged for her, the woman escaped through the first-floor window.

After breaking free, she then ran back into the reception of the hotel and staff called the gardai.

Gardai arrived at the hotel in the Dorset Street area at around 8.30pm on Sunday night. However, the man had made his escape.

A search was conducted but the suspect was not located.

Gardai are now looking for the man in relation to the attempted sexual assault.

The man suspected of the attack has previously kidnapped women after luring them with promises. He then carried out depraved sexual assaults on them.

Victims told of the traumatic effect these attacks had on their lives as he was handed down a lengthy sentence.

The suspect also has a lengthy criminal record including convictions for burglary.

Unlike convicted rapist and kidnapper Larry Murphy, the suspect is required as a convicted rapist to inform gardai of his address as he is still subject to the Sex Offenders Act.

Baltinglass carpenter Murphy, who was given a 15-year sentence for the rape, abduction and attempted murder of a woman in 2000, does not have to tell gardai of his current address or notify them if he leaves the country as his conviction pre-dates the Sex Offenders Act.

Irish Independent

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