Brother tells of murder suspicions ahead of rapist’s release

THE brother of convicted rapist Larry Murphy, due for release next month after 10 years in jail, has insisted the Arbour Hill prisoner will not be living with his family when released.

On the issue of the disappearance of three women, believed murdered, in which his brother is a suspect, Tom Murphy from Baltinglass, Co Wicklow said he “could not put his hand on his heart and say he didn’t do it”. He accepted that since his brother’s arrest “there is nobody else gone missing and I find it difficult now to believe he wasn’t involved”.

In an emotional appearance on RTÉ’s Miriam O’Callaghan show on Saturday night, Mr Murphy said: “I want to make it clear to the locals in my local villages in Co Wicklow that Larry will not be living with me, my partner Helen and my kids.”

Following press incursions, including the publication of photographs of his home and claims that an adjacent garage under construction would house his brother on his release, Mr Murphy said he had received “numerous threats” including one to burn him out of his house.

Mr Murphy condemned “elements of the press” who, he said, had harassed him and printed ‘lies’ concerning contact it was claimed he had with his brother in recent months.

Stating that all he and his family wanted was ‘peace’, Mr Murphy said he had not seen his brother since 2005.

He recounted his family’s shock when they initially heard that Larry Murphy had been arrested for the abduction and rape of a woman in Carlow in 2000.

He said that previous to the incident, there had been “no indication whatsoever” that his only brother was capable of such an offence.

Following the arrest, Tom Murphy said he had asked his brother on a number of occasions why he had carried out the attack. “The answer I got from Larry was ‘I flipped’,” he said.

During his decade in jail, Larry Murphy has never sought any type of counselling and refused mental treatment. His brother said it was felt he should have been made to “take help”.

Larry Murphy was sentenced to 15 years in jail in 2001 after pleading guilty to the abduction and brutal rape of a Carlow woman, but is to be released early for good behaviour.

He has been locked up in Arbour Hill prison since being arrested in 2000 and has been described as a loner and model prisoner.

During this time, he has also been questioned as a suspect in the disappearance of three other women – Deirdre Jacob, Jo Jo Dullard and Annie McCarrick.


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