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WARNING: Dangerous predator set for release from Arbour Hill prison this month

Crime DeskBy Morgan Flanagan Creagh
Philip Murphy
Philip Murphy

A dangerous predator who tried to abduct a woman in 2008 will be back out on the prowl this month.

35-year-old Philip Murphy is set to be released from Dublin’s Arbour Hill prison after serving eight years of a ten year sentence, handed to him in 2009.

The dangerous predator tried to abduct a Polish woman on the Nangor Road, Clondalkin in west Dublin on the 7th of June 2008.

Gardai are on high alert as Murphy, who has been branded one of Ireland’s “most dangerous” men, will soon be back on the street.

Murphy, a former builder with previous addresses at Elmbrook Crescent, Lucan and Lindisfarne Vale, Clondalkin, Dublin, was the chief suspect in a similar incident which took place in 2008.

He was quizzed in connection with another attempted abduction of an Eastern European woman, but there wasn’t enough evidence to bring him before the courts.

Locals in Clondalkin are being warned to beware and remain vigilant.

One local resident told the Sun:

“Nobody wants this monster anywhere near this area because of the threat he poses to woman”

A gardai source said that they would have to “keep an eye on Murphy”, who previously sliced a taxi driver’s neck with a glass bottle,  “because of his violent past”.

“He’s simply a vicious predator who targets woman.”

At his sentencing in 2009 Judge Frank O'Donnell said that Murphy had been "scouring the countryside looking for a victim", before imposing a ten-year sentence for the false imprisonment offence and a three-year sentence for producing a knife, to run concurrently.

Det Insp Peter O'Boyle told the court that the woman was waiting at a bus stop at 6.30am on her way to work when a car pulled up.

The driver offered to give her a lift but at first she refused.

He returned a short time later and again offered to give her a lift.

The woman got into the car and they drove a distance, chatting normally.

She asked the man to turn right at a roundabout towards her workplace but he told her he had to get petrol.

She asked to get out of the car but he produced a craft knife and told her to be quiet or he would cut her.

The woman pleaded with him and was of the belief that she was going to be raped or killed.

She said in a statement: "The fear will never leave me".

Det Insp O'Boyle said the woman tried to jump out of the moving car but was restrained by the seat belts.

She eventually released the seat belt and when the car stopped she ran from it towards her workplace.