Rapist jailed for 15 years over Dublin attack
Michael Murray repeatedly assaulted woman after abducting her and her four-year-old son
Michael Murray (42) , who lured his victim into an apartment by telling her that an elderly woman was dying inside and needed her help, was jailed for 15 years for rape at the Central Criminal Court today. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times
A man who repeatedly raped and tied up a mother after abducting her and her four-year-old son has been jailed for 15 years at the Central Criminal Court.
Michael Murray (42) lured the woman into an apartment by telling her that an elderly woman was dying inside and needed her help.
He then tied her up and assaulted her before taking her son away and abandoning him in a city centre square in the middle of the night. He returned to the flat where he drugged the victim and raped her.
Murray, formerly of Killiney Oaks, Killiney, Dublin and with a previous address at Devonshire Street, 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 February 12th and 13th, 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.
Mr Justice Patrick McCarthy said that given the gravity of the offences the appropriate sentence could not be less than 15 years. He said there were no mitigating factors and Murray is unlikely to be rehabilitated in the relatively near future.
He said there was no basis for leaving “light at the end of the tunnel” but that the sentence could have been greater that 15 years were it not for that principal of sentencing.
The judge said the dominant factor in the woman’s victim impact report was fear.
In the report, read into court by counsel, the woman, said: “I thought Ireland was a safe country for me and my husband to raise my family. I’m not so sure anymore.”
The woman has since moved out of the capital as a result of the attack.
Det Sgt Dennis Ellard told Dominic McGinn SC, prosecuting, that Murray lured the woman into the flat at about 4.30pm. Once inside he told her that if she had sex with him he would let her and her son go.
When she refused he said he would kill her. The victim broke a glass and threatened to cut her own throat. Murray put his hands around her son’s neck and said he would kill him if she didn’t co-operate.
Murray tied the woman’s hands behind her back using a cord. He took cash and bank cards from her wallet and demanded her bank PIN numbers. He would later use these to steal cash from her bank account.
Murray made her change into a black lace night dress and told her she had to pretend she was 10 years old and call him daddy.
He tied the woman’s hands and began sexually assaulting her but was interrupted by her son. The victim tried to reassure her son and told him that he should behave because “this was a bad man”.