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Sex beast now lives in flat close to schools

Serial rapist Michael Murray is now living just yards from two schools in an apartment in Stoneybatter after fleeing his last address when exposed as a sex criminal.

Murray (50) was freed from jail last July -- five years early from an 18-year sentence for his violent sex attacks.

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

The attacks took place in various southside locations, including Dalkey and Rathmines.

In each of the cases he attempted to suffocate or strangle his victim, and he was convicted of assault in relation to these attacks, and cutting one of his victims with a knife.

At his trial, two victims told the court they felt they could have died during the attacks.

One woman said she felt she had only 30 seconds to live after Murray attacked her close to the Burlington Hotel and tried to choke her.

Dangerous

Eighteen months before his rape conviction, Murray received a four-month sentence for indecently exposing himself to a five-year-old girl and a three-year-old-boy.

In 1989 he was jailed for eight-and-a-half years for an attack in Britain.

The Herald exposed Murray last July when he was released from prison five years early.

Senior gardai have described him as one of the most dangerous criminals in the country, and there is a fear he could strike again.

But now he has made a new home for himself in the Blackhall Square apartments in Stoneybatter. Murray was forced to flee his last address, an apartment in Inchicore that he obtained using a reference from the HSE, after outraged locals discovered who he was and started a campaign to shift him.

He was also forced to give up a gardening job in St Mary's Hospital in the Phoenix Park after his past was exposed.

Now, Murray lives just yards from St Paul's CBS primary and secondary schools on Brunswick Street as well as the primary and girl's secondary schools on Stanhope Street.

Sources say there is a high risk that Murray will re-offend, adding that he has spoken with pride in the past about the crimes he has committed and the pain he has caused.

Local gardai have visited him several times, but Murray is now understood to have stopped co-operating with gardai, insisting they deal with his solicitor instead.

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