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Friday 31 October 2014

Sex fiend Murphy's rapist pal arrested in the North

A CLOSE friend of suspected serial killer Larry Murphy has been arrested by PSNI detectives under a European Arrest Warrant issued by Dublin. The 45-year-old sex offender from Co Roscommon had been living with notorious rapist Murphy for the past year in an Amsterdam hide-out.



He was caught on camera in the company of sex beast Murphy by a film crew in the Dutch city last year.

Murphy's best pal was picked up in Enniskillen, Co Fermanagh last night.

The criminal is wanted by authorities here because he failed to notify gardai of a change of residence as required under the 2001 Sex Offenders Act.



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The 45-year-old -- who fled Amsterdam a few weeks ago -- was due to appear before a court in Belfast today.

Murphy (46) is not obliged to give his details to the sex offenders' register because he was convicted before the legislation was enacted.

Murphy's friend cannot be named for legal reasons, but we understand he became very close to the serial killer while both men served lengthy sentences for separate horrific sex offences at Dublin's Arbour Hill Prison.

Murphy's friend is a double rapist who attacked two women at knife point in south Dublin.

In November, the Herald published photos of the sex offender and Murphy in Amsterdam, in which they tried to interact with unsuspecting female passers-by.

Murphy's depraved reputation is not just based on the sick crime for which he was convicted when he brutalised a Co Carlow woman in 2000.

He is also the chief suspect in the disappearance of Annie McCarrick (26), Jo Jo Dullard (21) and Deirdre Jacob (18), who all vanished in Leinster in the years before he kidnapped and raped the Co Carlow woman.

Officers questioned Murphy in Arbour Hill Prison but he refused to co-operate.

Like Murphy, his close pal who was arrested last night admitted his crimes but offered no explanation for them. In October 2002 he was jailed for 10 years on four counts of rape.

He was released in 2008, and kept in touch with Murphy, who was himself released in August 2010.

But it wasn't discovered that the two men were living together until Murphy was tracked down to Amsterdam last year by a film crew.

kfoy@herald.ie

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