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HSE gave glowing reference to rapist to help house him

SERIAL rapist Michael Murray got glowing references that secured a two-year lease on his Inchicore apartment from Government departments.

The vile predator was described as an "excellent tenant" in documents supplied to his landlord, but neither the HSE or Probation Services made any reference to the fact that he once attacked six women in six days.

The sex beast was only able to rent his now-vacant private apartment because of documents from State organisations that suggested he was a model tenant, with a HSE job and a steady income.

Documents seen by the Herald show no reference was ever made to the fact that his hospital job, revealed in the Herald last week, was actually voluntary.

The exact source of Murray 's income is still unclear after the HSE revealed he was never paid for his gardening work at St Mary's Hospital.

The Department of Justice said it did not comment on individual cases and would only say it provided funding for the project Murray had been housed under before he moved to Inchicore's Metropolitan Apartments.

Murray's previous landlord's reference was given to him by the New Directions Project, which accommodated him after his early release last year from an 18-year sentence.

"I can confirm Mr Murray was an excellent tenant, his rent was always on time and he kept the property in excellent condition, and I have no problem in recommending him to any future landlords", the reference stated.

The Occupational Therapy Service for the HSE's Dublin North East section also provided a reference.

It stated: "This is to confirm that (Michael Murray) is working within our service. He has been here since September 2009".

According to sources, this would have been taken to mean he had a paid job and would be employed for the foreseeable future.

"On paper, he had a job with the HSE. There was nothing there to say it was voluntary and he might not have got the apartment if it did," the source explained.

The HSE has said Murray was never in its employment and would not comment on his rent supplement application. A spokesperson also did not comment on the fact that the reference did not specify the hospital job was voluntary.

The Department of Justice said: "As part of the management of high-risk offenders the Probation Service is working with partner services and agencies to support the secure resettlement of high-risk ex-prisoners leaving custody".

The last time Murray was set free, he attacked six women in six days, raping four of his victims. The attacks took place in various locations across the Southside, including Dalkey and Rathmines.

Murray also has convictions for exposing himself to a three-year-old child.

aphelan@herald.ie


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