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Tuesday 21 August 2018

Freed rapists who have sparked a wave of fear and panic

Two other rapists have sent shivers of fear through communities when they walked free from prison last year after serving long sentences.

Larry Murphy (45) was released last August after serving 10 years of a 15-year sentence for the repeated rape and attempted murder of a businesswoman in 2000.

On his release, a Wicklow village set up a text message system to guard against him in case he returned to his native Baltinglass.





Panic

When he moved to Spain, it sparked a wave of panic among women near his new home and Spanish police decided to keep him under surveillance.

Murphy continues to be the prime suspect in the disappearances of Jo Jo Dullard (21), Deirdre Jacob (18), and Annie McCarrick (26).

The married father-of-two was released after serving 10 years for the rape and attempted murder of a woman in Co Carlow. Gardai in Celbridge had to reassure residents he was not living among them.

As an EU citizen, Murphy is entitled to travel within Europe and successfully applied for a passport and driving licence while in prison.

Serial rapist Michael Murray moved to an affluent part of Dublin after his release.

The area is near to where he carried out one of his terrifying sex attacks. Murray, who attacked six women, raping four of them, over six days in 1995 was released from prison last July after serving 13 years.

On his release he looked for a court injunction to stop newspapers from publishing photos of him, his location and place of employment. He claimed he had been harassed by the press since his release.

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