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On-the-run sex beast captured after luring woman to hotel

GARDAI today captured a serial rapist who lured a woman to a hotel and tried to sexually assault her.

The terrified victim had to jump out of a window to escape her depraved attacker.

After a major manhunt, detectives from Dublin's Mountjoy Garda Station located the criminal in a Dublin hospital where he had admitted himself under a false name to be treated for injuries.

The Dublin man – aged in his late 40s – has been described as "every bit as dangerous" as suspected serial killer Larry Murphy.

He was previously jailed for 12 years for kidnapping and sexually assaulting four women in a Jack-the-Ripper-style series of attacks.

A senior source explained: "This was great detection work by gardai.

"Two detectives are now posted outside his hospital room and he will be arrested as soon as he discharges himself from hospital."

"It seems that he received certain injuries in the course of his attempts to sexually assault that unfortunate woman in his hotel room at the weekend," the source added.

The disturbing incident unfolded in a north inner city hotel on Sunday night.

The predator had earlier met the Dublin woman, who is in her 20s, in the city centre.

Sources say that he lured the woman back to the hotel on the promise that he had drugs in the hotel room.



The suspect had been staying in the city hotel because he is on the run from gardai.

When the woman entered the room, the "extremely dangerous deviant" assaulted her, tied her up and grabbed her by the throat.

Sources say he was attempting to sexually assault the woman when she broke free and jumped from a window.

"She managed to get herself to the hotel reception, who notified gardai. Officers from Mountjoy Garda Station rushed to the scene," a source said.

However when gardai arrived at 8.30pm, there was no sign of the convicted rapist.

The woman was left extremely traumatised after the incident, according to sources.

The highly dangerous criminal is originally from Coolock, but had a last known address in Ballymun.

"Garda management were so concerned about this man that a nationwide bulletin was issued with details of the offender, including his photograph.

"He is likely to face false imprisonment and sexual assault charges," said a senior source.

Even before last Sunday night's events, arrest warrants were in place in relation to a burglary spree.

He was arrested earlier this year in north Co Dublin for breach of his release conditions under the terms of the Sexual Offenders' Act.

He had previously lived in Finglas area, but was forced to relocate in February after residents became aware of his past.

He then booked himself into a west Dublin psychiatric hospital before moving into town, where he gave a number of different inner city hostels as his address to gardai.

However when officers checked these hostels, there was no indication that he had ever stayed there.

The brutal criminal then resurfaced on Sunday night in the Dorset Street area and is now expected to be brought before the courts again in the coming days.

Despite being very small, the rapist is said to be strong.

He also has previous convictions for robbery, burglary and criminal damage and was jailed last July for failing to notify the gardai of his address after his release from prison in 2007 under the terms of the Sexual Offenders' Act.

When he was sentenced to 12 years in prison in 1999, the rapist was described in court as a "very disturbed and dangerous man" who was part of "a very alienated delinquent sub-group" which had made suicide pacts with each other.


He had pleaded guilty to three charges of aggravated sexual assault and false imprisonment against three women on September 28, October 19 and 21, 1997.

He also admitted robbing cash and other property from the women, who were prostitutes, in the Wilton Terrace and Benburb Street areas of Dublin.

He also pleaded guilty to hijacking the car of a fourth woman in the Phibsboro area of Dublin on November 1, 1997, and kidnapping her.