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Serial rapist living the high-life in €1,200-a-month apartment

This is Ireland's most dangerous rapist in his new home -- a €1,200-a-month south Dublin apartment.

Michael Murray (49) is living the high-life in a large apartment in south Dublin, after being released early from prison, where he served an 18-year sentence for sex attacks.

The serial offender is regarded as highly dangerous.

At the height of his rape orgy he attacked six women in as many days.

He was confronted by gardai at the property last night, after outraged locals publicised his presence there.

Murray's new home, in the plush Metropolitan Apartments in Inchicore, is in a complex surrounded by young students and families with children.

Discovered

Residents at the development voiced fury after they discovered that Murray rented out an apartment there.

The Herald tracked down Murray, originally from Stillorgan, to his home at Metropolitan Apartments, where outraged neighbours have posted fliers warning of his presence.

When confronted, the rapist confirmed his identity but refused to answer any questions and quickly closed the door of his flat in the modern, gated complex on Inchicore Road.

He did not emerge again -- but another middle-aged man was seen entering and leaving the third-floor apartment.

Further attempts to contact Murray were unsuccessful and a garda was later seen escorting several men to the premises.

A garda spokesman refused to confirm whether Murray was still at the address today, and officers confronted the Herald outside the property, ordering our team to move.

The Department of Justice also refused to comment on the case.

The Herald last year revealed Murray's early release from prison after serving 13 years of an 18-year sentence for a series of sex attacks which saw him assault six women.

As well as raping and sexually assaulting women, he has been convicted of indecently exposing himself to a five-year-old girl and a three-year-old boy.

Today at the Metropolitan apartment complex, residents who recently discovered that Murray was living among them told the Herald that they are thinking of moving out of fear for their safety.

"We got leaflets through the letter-boxes earlier in the week telling us about this guy Murray," said one couple.

"There were leaflets put up on the notice boards as well but they were taken down by somebody," they added.

"We're thinking of moving now because of this. We just don't feel safe," they said.

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