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Monday 25 September 2017

Now Murray wants court gag on press

FIGHT: Freed rapist in legal move

A CONVICTED rapist has indicated his intention to the High Court to seek an injunction to stop newspapers from published details of where he lives.

He sought leave from the court to serve papers immediately on various media outlets.

Michael Murray (49) raped four women in less than six days in Dublin and sexually assaulted two others.

He was released from prison last July after serving 13 years of an 18-year sentence for the offences,which happened in 1995.

Murray has applied for permission to take an injunction against Independent Newspapers, including the Herald, Newsgroup which includes the Sun and News of the World titles, and Independent Star which is the Irish Daily Star, to stop them from publishing photographs and articles concerning his whereabouts. He is also seeking an injunction against the Justice Minister Dermot Ahern and the Commissioner of An Garda Siochana to stop gardai from releasing information to news outlets.

Judge Mary Laffoy, in the High Court, yesterday granted permission for the injunction hearing to go ahead next Wednesday.

Senior counsel Paul O'Higgins, for Murray, said his client was a man who was convicted in 1996 of "very, very serious sexual offences" which included "very, very serious rape offences involving a number of women". He had been released last July.

He left Castlerea prison and made his way to Heuston station in Dublin, where he was met by a photographer or photographers and a reporter who were waiting at the station.





Confidence

Since then he had been the subject of "a constant stream of newspaper coverage" which had been "sensationalistic, unbalanced and inflammatory" making it "impossible for him to live anywhere".

Mr O'Higgins stressed that information supplied in confidence to the gardai should not be given by them to others and they were obliged to deal with it in confidence.

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