Escort agency owner convicted of abducting mother and son

Escort agency owner convicted of abducting mother and son

A jury has convicted the owner of an escort agency of abducting a mother and her four year old son and repeatedly raping the woman for hours.

Michael Murray (aged 42) of Killiney Oaks, Killiney, Dublin was found guilty of carrying out what the prosecution described as a “terrifying ordeal of sexual depravity”.

Murray had pleaded not guilty at the Central Criminal Court to two counts of sexual assault, two counts of rape with a make-up pen, attempted vaginal and anal rape, oral rape and aggravated sexual assault between February 12 and 13, 2010 in a Dublin city apartment.

He also denied child abduction, threats to kill or cause serious harm, false imprisonment, stealing a bank card and stealing cash from two ATMs.

After a trial that lasted 22 days, the jury of nine men and three women took just under six hours to return a unanimous verdict of guilty on all counts.

Neither the victim, a non-national who lives here with her husband and two children, or anyone from her family were present in court. There were no supporters for the accused in court at any time during the trial and he did not react to the sentence.

Detective Garda Michel Donlan told Dominic McGinn SC, prosecuting, that Murray’s 20 previous convictions include aggravated burglary, burglary, robbery and possession of firearms.

Mr Justice Patrick McCarthy thanked the jury for their service and excused them from jury duty for ten years.

He remanded Murray in custody, where he has been since his arrest a day after the attack ended. He will be sentenced in October.

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