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Convicted rapist Larry Murphy 'to return to Ireland' - report


Larry Murphy

Larry Murphy

Larry Murphy

Convicted rapist Larry Murphy is considering a permanent move back to Ireland.

The Sunday World reports Murphy (50) has contacted gardai saying he wishes to move back home and is willing to co-operate with the Garda Sex Offenders Management and Intelligence Unit (SOMIU).

According to the report, he told gardai he's been forced to leave three different addresses in the UK after people recognised him.

It's understood Murphy, who is originally from Baltinglass, Co Wicklow, wants to return home permanently before Christmas.

He contacted SOMIU for assistance in arranging his return.

Under Irish law, the convicted rapist - who has been named as a suspect in the disappearance of a number of women - does not have to inform gardai of his movements.

However, the Sunday World reports that Murphy has told gardai he is "sick" of living abroad and wants to be reintegrated into Irish society without causing mass hysteria.

If SOMIU agree to assist Murphy, he will have to keep them informed at all times of his whereabouts.

Murphy was released from prison in 2010 after serving 10 years of a 15 year jail sentence for a brutal sex attack of a woman in the Wicklow mountains.

He repeatedly raped and beat the victim, who was not known to him. He had kidnapped her earlier from a car park as she made her way home from work.

He also tried to smother her with a plastic bag - but was scared away when two hunters happened upon the scene and saved the woman.

One of them recognised Murphy and he was arrested some time later.

Murphy has been at the centre of Operation Trace, the investigation into the disappearance of a number of women in the Leinster area in the 1990s.

Murphy has refused to talk to gardai about the missing women.

Murphy remains the chief suspect in the disappearance of Annie McCarrick (26), Jo Jo Dullard (21) and Deirdre Jacob (18).

Since his release, Murphy has lived in Amsterdam, Barcelona and London.