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'Keep him locked up until he gets treatment'

Larry Murphy should not be released from prison unless he agrees to undergo rehabilitation treatment, Fine Gael's new justice spokesperson has said.

Alan Shatter has demanded more protection for ordinary citizens and tougher laws governing the release of dangerous sex offenders.

He says that psychopaths like Murphy should:

lBe listed on a public register of sex offenders:

lBe electronically tagged for up to a year on release :

lNot get early release without undergoing specialised treatment.

Mr Shatter is adamant that whichever community Murphy relocates to must be made aware of his whereabouts when he walks free from prison on August 13.

Evil Murphy has served just 10 years of a 15-year sentence for the rape of a businesswoman in 2000, and he is also the chief suspect for the disappearance of Jo Jo Dullard, Deirdre Jacob and Annie McCarrick.

Today, Fine Gael said Murphy's case and that of serial rapist Michael Murray highlight a serious need for Justice Minister Dermot Ahern to overhaul the current set of laws to ensure the public from offenders like Murphy.

Responding to reports in the Herald that Murphy has refused to partake in any rehabilitation programmes while in custody, the Dublin TD said that such programmes "should be mandatory in order to qualify for early release".

Horrendous

Mr Shatter said that Murphy had carried out an "horrendous offence" and that early release shouldn't apply.

Murphy abducted the woman and subjected her to what Mr Shatter described as a "shocking and prolonged sexual assault".

Her life was saved when two hunters stumbled across the attack in the Wicklow Mountains as Murphy attempted to strangle her to death while she was tied naked to a tree.

The abduction followed a similar pattern to that of the three women who "disappeared" between 1993 and 1998.

News that he is to be released back into the community has sparked widespread fear, especially in his native Baltinglass.

"There is legislation in a number of countries, including the US where registered sex offenders' addresses are available to the public and in fact in Florida the local council is responsible for distributing the names and address of sex offenders," said Mr Shatter.

The TD said that such a system does not generally result "in anybody being lynched or anything like that but it alerts the community and provide them with information".

"On that you have to balance it with legislation that they [the offender] can't be harassed either."

Mr Shatter also called for "a statutory facility to enable tagging for an initial period".

kdoyle@herald.ie


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