Woman collecting son from playschool abducted and raped, court hears
Man left boy in a public square before returning to attack woman in apartment
A woman who was abducted, bound, gagged and repeatedly raped has described her attacker as an “evil man”.
The woman, a foreign national living here, was collecting her four year old son from play school when Michael Murray (42) coaxed her into an apartment by telling her that somebody was dying inside and needed her help. He then tied her up and gagged her, drove her son away and left him in a public square in the middle of the night before returning to attack and repeatedly rape the victim.
Murray, formerly of Killiney Oaks, Killiney, Dublin had pleaded not guilty at the Central Criminal Court to two counts of sexual assault, two counts of rape, attempted 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.
After hearing the details of the offences and the victim impact report, Mr Justice Patrick McCarthy adjourned sentencing until next Monday. Detective Garda Michel Donlan previously told the judge Murray’s 20 previous convictions include aggravated burglary, burglary, robbery and possession of firearms.
Today a victim impact report was read out in which the woman, who is living here with her family, said: “I used to always think people in Ireland were good. Now I don’t know anymore.”
Detective Sergeant Dennis Ellard told Dominic McGinn SC, prosecuting, that at around 4.30pm Murray lured the woman into the flat before telling 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 started fondling the woman’s chest but her son came into the room and said he was hungry. The victim tried to reassure him and told the boy that he should behave because “this was a bad man”.
Murray then tied the woman up to a radiator in the bathroom and gagged her with a dishcloth before taking her son away in his jeep. He left the child on a city centre street at around 11 o’clock at night. He returned to the flat and began to beat the woman around the face and shoulder.
Mr McGinn told the court: “Over the next number of hours he subjected her to a protracted and depraved sexual assault.” Murray made her change into a black lace night dress and told her she had to pretend she was ten years old and call him Daddy. He tried to rape and then became angry and began hitting her face.