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Sunday 22 October 2017

Rapist Murray loses appeal over vile attack on mum

Michael Murray, who was jailed for 15 years for rape and sexual assault charges, has lost an appeal against his conviction. Stock picture
Michael Murray, who was jailed for 15 years for rape and sexual assault charges, has lost an appeal against his conviction. Stock picture

A vile rapist jailed for 15 years for repeatedly raping and sexual assaulting a mother, whose child he abducted in the same incident, has lost an appeal against his conviction.

Michael Murray (46), formerly of Killiney Oaks, Killiney, Dublin, was jailed for 15 years in 2013.

His list of offences included rape, attempted rape, aggravated sexual assault, child abduction, threats to kill or cause serious harm, false imprisonment and theft, at a Dublin apartment on February 12 and 13, 2010.

The Central Criminal Court previously heard how Murray lured his victim into an apartment by telling her that an elderly woman was dying inside and needed her help.

He tied her up and assaulted her before taking her son away, abandoning him in a city centre square late at night. He returned to the flat where he drugged and raped his victim.

Guilty

Murray denied the charges, but was found guilty on all counts by a unanimous jury decision.

His conviction was affirmed yesterday by the Court of Appeal.

The Director of Public Prosecutions is now due to seek a review of his sentence on grounds that it is "unduly lenient".

Murray sought to appeal his conviction on grounds relating to the admissibility of interviews, and issues relating to the manner in which the complainant was examined and cross-examined.

In the course of the hearing, it was indicated that Murray had lost confidence in his lawyers. He then addressed the rest of the appeal in person.

Mr Justice George Birmingham said the Court of Appeal was "quite satisfied" that none of his grounds were made out.

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