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Editorial: Vital right to unmask a sex beast

Michael Murray, the man who attacked six women in six days, raping four of them, has contacted his lawyers over photos of him that were printed in the Herald.

This man was sentenced to 18 years in jail for the attacks. He was also convicted of indecently exposing himself to young children.

He was released five years early last summer. This newspaper has informed the public that he was working in the gardens of a Dublin hospital and reported fears of neighbours who did not want him living in their apartment block.

He has now told his solicitors to request that we 'preserve' his photograph. Does this man really believe that he has a right to privacy that can take precedence over the ability of the public to be able to identify him?

People have a right to be aware of this man's past and it is a right that deserves to be defended.