State to appeal leniency of rapist’s 15-year term

The State is set to appeal a 15-year prison sentence imposed on a violent rapist who tied up and raped a mother repeatedly after abducting her from a city street.

Michael Murray, 42, lured the woman, who was walking her 4-year-old son from school, into an apartment by telling her that an elderly woman was dying inside and needed help.

He tied her up and beat her before taking her son and abandoning him in a public square at about 11pm. He returned to the flat and raped the victim.

Murray, formerly of Killiney Oaks, Killiney, Dublin and with a previous address at Devonshire St, Cork City, had pleaded not guilty 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 Feb 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. He was found guilty on all counts by a unanimous jury decision last July and jailed for 15 years, with nothing suspended.

The DPP has since decided to appeal against the leniency of the sentence at the Court of Criminal Appeal. When detectives recently travelled to the Midlands Prison to serve papers notifying Murray of the DPP’s intention to try have his term increased, he reacted violently.

He tried to grab at gardaí and jumped up on a table in the visitors’ room. A number of prison officers forced him down and removed him from the room.

Last October, Murray attempted to smuggle a razor blade from prison into a court room but the blade was detected during a routine body scan.

Murray told prison officers he had another blade hidden on him and planned to attack a journalist during his sentence hearing.

Prison sources said Murray is on 23-hour lock up and is “scared of his shadow” in prison.

During the 2010 attack, Murray tied his innocent victim to a radiator in the bathroom and gagged her with a dishcloth. He took her young child away in his 4x4 and abandoned him on a city centre street at around 11pm.

He returned to the flat and began to beat the woman around the face because she had broken some bathroom tiles trying to free herself. He then subjected her to what was described in court as a “protracted and depraved sexual assault”.

Murray’s legal team lodged an appeal against the conviction and the sentence in November.

Both matters are unlikely to appear on the court’s list until the end of March, when a hearing date will be set.


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