In 37 Days Larry Murphy will be released from Prison, this article is not written in order to single out Larry Murphy, but rather to highlight the failings in the Criminal Justice System, failings put in place by weak and self serving politicians such as John O'Donoghue TD. Larry Murphy will strike again of that I have absolutely no doubt, Larry has had a lot of thinking time and this time there will be no stumbling and fumbling, the pure frustration of getting caught the last time will ensure that Larry will this time leave his name etched in the history books. Will any of the self serving politicians who have spent fortunes of tax payers money on their lavish life styles, yet have failed to provide a small portion of that sum to ensure rehabilitative care for those like Larry Murphy who could have been stopped, take responsibility when Larry strikes again, the simple answer is No, they wont.
There has been much speculation in sections of the Irish media recently that suggests that when suspected serial killer Larry Murphy is released from jail (11th August 2010) having served 15 years for the rape and attempted murder of a young women he will be obliged to tell the Gardai (Irish Police) where he is living at all times. There is also speculation that the nation's women need not be concerned about Murphy's release as he will be under constant Garda supervision and surveillance.
However, Larry Murphy will not be required to give his details to Gardai and he most certainly won’t be under 24/7 surveillance by a team of up to 12 detectives, as suggested by some ill-informed sources.
Background: Larry Murphy is a carpenter by trade and by all accounts very good at his trade even while in prison where he under took further courses and classes in carpentry. Before being caught trying to suffocate a young woman with a plastic bag in the Wicklow Mountains in 2000 Larry Murphy appeared to all who knew him as a happily married man with a young family. However, Larry Murphy's double life was exposed in 2000 when he was witnessed by two huntsmen in the Wicklow Mountains as he tried to suffocate a young business woman from Carlow whom he had just kidnapped and repeatedly raped.
Murphy was duly arrested by Gardai and remanded to Cloverhill Prison to await his trial. While in Cloverhill Remand Prison in Clondalkin in Dublin Larry Murphy quickly made friends in the prisons E-Wing which is a protection wing for those people who do not wish to be in the general prison population due to concerns for their own safety, although Murphy would just as easily fitted in with the general population as so many of them view the rape of women as a normal part of their criminal and drug infested culture. As Larry Murphy walked around the small yard of Cloverhill's E-Wing with fellow sex offenders he had few words, although when pushed he would say that his only regret was that he had been caught. He was able to swap stories with Noel Cawley who had been charged with the unlawful imprisonment and rape of a young woman (Noel Cawley is now serving a sentence for the manslaughter of an old age pensioner in Westmeath last year) and so on.
Eventually Larry Murphy was sentenced to 15 years for the kidnap, repeated rape and attempted murder of the young business woman he had taken into the Wicklow Mountains. People who knew Larry Murphy including a close friend who was at that time a serving prison officer were shocked and stunned by the details of Larry Murphy's double life. Murphy had fooled many and had it not been for the two huntsmen on the night of his capture, Larry Murphy's reign would have continued. Since Larry Murphy was convicted in 2000 he has been questioned on a number of occasions about the disappearance of a number of young women in the Leinster area on various dates in the 1993 to 1998 periods. It is said that Larry Murphy has refused to co-operate with Gardai in relation to their investigations into the disappearance of these women.
This writer has no idea whether Larry Murphy did or did not have anything to do with these disappearances of young women, yet this writer does know that when Larry Murphy is released he will be able to roam free without legal obligation.
Why Larry Murphy will be able to roam free?
In 2001, the Sex Offenders Act was introduced; this Act had been in the pipe line for a number of years as Ireland tried to deal with the ever evolving extent of sexual crime in Ireland. As we now know this Act was delayed and then diminished in order to facilitate those within the Catholic Church who had raped children. It is clear now from both the Ryan and Murphy Reports that there was serious collusion at the highest levels in Ireland to protect religious child rapists. Indeed following the revelations about Father Brendan Smyth in the early 1990s the Government of the day moved quickly to reduce the sentence for sexual assault from 10 years to 5 years, this sentence was increased in the Sex Offenders Act 2001, after many ‘religious’ rapists had been given what appeared to be soft/token sentences.
When the 2001 Act was introduced by the then Minister for Justice, John O Donoghue TD, it was heralded by many ill-informed groups and individuals as a major step forward in the fight against sexual crime, in fact following the introduction of the 2001 Act sexual crime has continued to increase in every facet of its existence. While John O Donoghue had been warned by the Attorney Generals office not to introduce the 2001 Act in its form at that time, O Donoghue dancing to the tune of his cheer leaders (lurid tabloids) introduced the Sex Offenders Act 2001. Under the terms of the 2001 Act a person in jail at the time of its enactment or later convicted would be under an obligation to notify the Gardai within seven days of their release from prison the address at which they intend to live.
However, the Act also makes it legal to tell the Gardai that you live at NO FIXED ABODE, many sex offenders released since 2001 have used this loophole and some like Patrick (Paddy) O Driscol was able to roam freely among the people of Cork until he eventually struck again and smashed a young woman's head in with a brick before raping her for over an hour. On the night in question Paddy O Driscol was in the company of another convicted rapist (who had no part in this latest rape) Patrick Moorehouse (O Driscol and Moorehouse had meet while serving sentences for rape in Wheatfield Prison). Paddy O Driscol is now serving 18 years for his latest rape. This ‘no fixed abode’ clause runs contrary to international standards of good practice when managing high risk offenders. In Northern Ireland for example, such offenders must take up a place in a half way house upon their release from prison if they have no permanent address of their own.
Upon Release Larry Murphy will be able to tell Gardai that he has no fixed abode and he will be able to roam the country as he feels fit. The Gardai have neither the man power nor the financial resource to follow Larry Murphy indefinitely, however, it is the introduction of an ill-considered 2001 Sex Offenders Act that will let Larry Murphy of the leash.
Notes of Importance: There are presently 1,100 persons on the sex offenders register in Ireland including both men and women, up to 15% of these persons have given no fixed abode as their address, others have left the country (Patrick Barr, Patrick O Riordan), it is further clear from the Ryan and Murphy reports and the recent scandal surrounding the family of Sinn Fein President, Gerry Adams that there are many thousands of sex offenders in Ireland who have never and will probably never see the inside of a court house. The reasons why so many known and confirmed sex offenders are not prosecuted are complex, however, the lack of political will and the introduction of ill-considered legislation are two of the main contributory factors in this regard.
Many Government Ministers spend much of their time trying to please the lurid tabloids, a tabloid industry that makes its bread and butter from exploiting men, women and children through their advertised perverted sex chat lines and sexual imagery. These same tabloids help normalise and facilitate sexual deviance and this is why they are the biggest selling media in the sex offender’s wings of Ireland’s Prisons. The reality is of course that the vast majority of people who read the tabloids don’t even vote, yet due to the contrived ‘moral panics’ created by the lurid tabloids weak Government Minister’s feel the need to go on bended knee to their banner headlines. We then have the perverse situation where the lurid tabloids are in effect dictating social policy, while the voting public are left to pick up the pieces.
In 2005, the Editor, Ger Colleran, of The Irish Star (tabloid) paid 400 Euro to a sex offender who had just been released from prison. The released sex offender had asked a friend to take some pictures of him as he walked in O Connell Street, the released sex offender then sold his own pictures to the Star for 400 Euro, and the following day the Star published the pictures stating that their photographer had taken the pics. What Colleran did not know was that when the Star was handing over the money for the pics, the released sex offender had someone taking pics of the transaction. Yet Colleran and other similar hypocrites are given regular platforms on RTE and other media as a man set upon high moral ground.
A little confused as to why this is posted in forums instead of as a hub - are you looking for feedback before posting?
We could always shoot em all - Oh no we tried that and it never worked did it Nothing you can do really, if he has done his time then soemone somewhere thinks he has reformed and is not a danger to the public - you could trust their judgement I suppose.
That is some question......
String them up by their nether regions and leave them to rot in my opinion, these people have no place in our society.. The stupid liberals who think that these people should have rights clearly have never been on the receiving end of the behavior of these people or they would swiftly change their minds..
you have to love irish people.... they are so concerned about everything going on in their country. I live in Ireland but am not Irish..... I do not have the answers but this should be a hub.
How is Brave Heart my little chick
Brave Heart is doing very well - will post a picture - just built them a new house yesterday - thanks for all the feed back - it is a difficult issue - but I think to be honest the State is failing in its duty - yes he has done his time - but there is no follow through - if he was bound by post release supervision or something - but there is none of that in this case - it is even legal to tell the police your address is no fixed abode - at least if he was bound to live in a hostel or something but no - he will Roam free until he strikes again and this particular individual will strike again - unfortunetly -
China - keep your finger lickin thoughts to yourself ha ha
you would not kill brave heart now, after all he has been through, please tell me he is a pet.
Joy - he is a pet - and China Man - he is an Irish Chicken not Kentucky - ha ha
oh good, i thought you were going to break my heart. My dad kept hens, he used to call them after his grandchildren. My soon Lee used to be loud, so his noisiest cock he called Lee. We all pleaded with him not to let be killed for food, we just could not bear it..... Poor man spent loads of money on feeding them to fatten them up. We could not bear to put Lee, Rebecca, Carla, or any other of the little darlings on anyone's table, imagine it.........
Mark - I hear what you are saying - unfortunetly John Wayne is not about to help us
Yes these sex offenders have their rights taking care of by the law. What about the women and children who have been abused, raped and murdered?
Life should mean life but it does not here in Ireland.
I seriuosly believe if some of these high and mighty MALE judges had to suffer even a tiny bit of the pain and suffering that the victims and their families have that they would at least give the maximum sentence allowed under the law.
They havent got a clue. And they SHOULD have. Shame on them.
I saw a documentary about how sex offenders were treated in one state in the USA. In that state once they had served their sentence they were kept in psycho-sexual hoispital treatment unit which was secure. It was not a gaol setting as they had already served time in one of those but a hospital/therapeutic setting. However, there was zero chance of them absconding/escaping due to various security measures.
In short, unless these predators were judged to be no longer a threat to citizens they remained there indefinitely. If they didnt co-operate with treatment or assessment they also stayed there indefinitely.
IMHO there is a lot to be said for a system like that & would be worth investigating as a solution.
From what I know, a small percentage of highly dangerous predators can never be 'cured' or rehabilitated. Some sociopaths, which Murphy may (or not) be, are a risk as long as they are alive.
I dont think anyone would be too upset if Murphy was to come to some harm, somehow..
What this world needs are more vigilates willing to work for justice, "there is justice and then there is the law"......
just make these people disappear .....is my answer.
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