Fury at ad seeking tenants to share house with serial rapist

Fury at ad seeking tenants to share house with serial rapist

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Residents of a leafy south Dublin suburb were outraged after a landlady advertised a bedroom without telling potential tenants they would be house-mates with convicted rapist Michael Murray.
The online house-sharing ad, which has since been taken down, said the room was open to a single woman or single man, but not a couple.
An en-suite single bedroom was advertised for €140 a week, while a single bedroom without en-suite was advertised for €100 a week.

It said four people were living in the two-bedroom home – but failed to mention that one of them was Murray (57), who has been convicted of multiple rapes.
Among the information in the ad was that the property is “near University College Dublin”. It is understood Murray has been renting a room there for several months.

Local residents said Murray’s presence had caused a great deal of anxiety in the community.
Murray was jailed in 1996 for raping four women and sexually assaulting two others in south Dublin during the course of six days in September 1995.

The Central Criminal Court heard that Murray carried out the attacks between September 18 and 23.
At his trial, two of his victims told the court they thought they were going to die.

Stabbed
Murray’s first instances of assault took place in Dalkey, Killiney and Monkstown.

Another victim was assaulted in Rathmines, where he attacked and stabbed a girl.
After days of surveillance, he was seen returning to his mother’s house and was arrested.

Murray was eventually sentenced to 18 years, but with standard remission he served only 13 and was released in 2009.
Eighteen months before his rape conviction, he received a four-month sentence for indecently exposing himself to a five-year-old girl and a three-year-old boy after walking into the back garden of a house in Dun Laoghaire.

The landlady of the property where Murray lives is aware of his past crimes, but refused to comment on how the rooms were advertised when she was approached by the Irish Independent.
The local residents’ association has brought Murray’s presence in the estate up at a meeting with local public representatives and gardaí at the joint-policing committee.

“We are extremely anxious and concerned that Michael Murray is living in a rented house in the estate and have written to the landlady explaining these concerns and why it is unacceptable on so many levels,” said a spokesman.

“She formerly lived in the house and worked in the adjacent school but has not responded to the email. The close proximity to an all-girls school is particularly unacceptable.
“Advertising to unsuspecting females is also grossly negligent. They are entitled to all relevant information in respect of a house where there are shared bathrooms/kitchen/living room, etc, before committing to any rental arrangement for a bedroom in that house.

“Furthermore, having regard to Michael Murray’s personal, legal and rehabilitative state of affairs, placing him in the highest-category risk environment is neither in his own interest or in the public interest.”

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