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Unrepentant Killer sex-fiend claims innocence after serving 8 years for horrific assault

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Walter Morrissey following his release from Midlands Prison.

Walter Morrissey following his release from Midlands Prison.

Walter Morrissey following his release from Midlands Prison.

UNREPENTANT sex-fiend Walter Morrissey is still claiming to be innocent of an horrific sexual assault just hours after being released from his latest prison sentence.

In a bizarre interview at the house where he was convicted of attacking a vulnerable woman, leaving her with machete-like injuries to her vagina, the 73-year-old said he is the victim of an elaborate conspiracy.

In 2013, he was jailed for 13 years for the aggravated sexual assault of a young woman - who was not named in court.

Two years before he savagely attacked the woman, Morrissey had hit the headlines following the death of his then partner, Lorraine White, in 2008.

Ms White died due to horrific internal injuries caused by a 10-inch copper pipe which had been inserted in her. Morrissey was quizzed in connection with her death but never faced any charges.

Despite losing his appeal against his 2013 conviction and his 13-year-sentence, Morrissey is still peddling his bizarre conspiracy theory and says the people of Callan, Co. Kilkenny, have nothing to fear from him.

He claimed he was the victim of a set-up: "Oh Lord, you wouldn't see on television, it was so good. What they did was, they found I had a lovely home and a lot of stuff in it, thousands of pounds worth of stuff in it.

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Morrissey is also a convicted killer who deliberately drove his car into a man walking with his four year old son.

Morrissey is also a convicted killer who deliberately drove his car into a man walking with his four year old son.

Morrissey is also a convicted killer who deliberately drove his car into a man walking with his four year old son.

"To get me out of the way they just went and made a statement to the guards that I assaulted her. Now here I am. Of course, they shifted me out then."

Asked if he still maintained his innocence after eight years in prison, Morrissey claimed he is the victim of a miscarriage of justice.

Asked if he is a danger to people, he said: "I lived here for a long time and nobody had anything to worry about me."

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When it was mentioned that his former partner Lorraine White had died in the house, he suggested we could come in and photograph the bathroom where she suffered the horrific injuries.

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Walter Morrissey's home

Walter Morrissey's home

Walter Morrissey's home

"The problem with that she had - there's a big name for it - clots."

Before her death, the 42-year-old mother and grandmother had told medical staff it had been an accident.

Ms White told nurses who treated her before she died that she placed a home-made shower head inside her.

An inquest, at which Morrissey gave evidence, heard she died from injuries to her uterus and abdomen caused by the copper pipe.

Gardaí suspected Morrissey, who had previously been sentenced to five years in prison in the UK in 1999 after he used his fists and other objects to indecently assault a woman, of being involved in her death.

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Lorraine White and Walter Morrissey

Lorraine White and Walter Morrissey

Lorraine White and Walter Morrissey

A file was sent to the Director of Public Prosecution following the death of Ms White, but no charges were brought.

At the time, Morrissey was already a convicted killer.

In 1977, he drove over his neighbour, Francis McEnery, who was out walking with his four-year-old son Marcus in Mullinahone, Co. Tipperary, and received a four-year sentence for the killings.

When approached by the Sunday World following his release from the Midlands' Prison on Friday, he admitted his manslaughter conviction in '77 but tried to play down his sexual assault conviction in the UK.

"I'll miss on that one because you can't show me anything to prove anything I was ever in a prison in England."

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Our man Eamon Dillon (in dark jacket) quizzes Morrissey about his UK conviction

Our man Eamon Dillon (in dark jacket) quizzes Morrissey about his UK conviction

Our man Eamon Dillon (in dark jacket) quizzes Morrissey about his UK conviction

Dismissing an appeal against the severity of Morrissey's sentence in July 2018, Mr Justice John Edwards said the Court of Appeal has had to deal with "shocking cases".

He said that on each occasion the court "hopes it has seen the nadir of depravity".

He said in this case the depravity plunged to "new depths".

He had already lost an appeal against his conviction in May 2018.

As he was led away to continue his 13-year sentence at the time, Morrissey called to the judges and said, "this is a 100 per cent insult" and "heap of crooks. Liars."

His 2013 criminal trial heard evidence from a detective garda that after his arrest, Morrissey denied he had caused the injuries but admitted he had an interest in "amateur gynaecology."

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Walter Morrissey following his release from Midlands Prison in a taxi

Walter Morrissey following his release from Midlands Prison in a taxi

Walter Morrissey following his release from Midlands Prison in a taxi

The victim told the trial she woke to find a man putting his fist into her and twisting it.

"He put his whole fist inside me. It was the worst pain I ever felt in my life. I could feel his hand twist inside me. I pulled his hand out of me," she said.

She said there was blood rushing from her and she thought she was haemorrhaging. Morrissey called a GP but the woman refused to go to hospital.

Morrissey called the GP again the next day when the woman was semi-conscious.

Mr Justice Birmingham said that these calls were perhaps self-motivated. The victim spent four months in hospital recovering.

The victim told a doctor that she was regularly sexually assaulted with fists and plastic objects, including a turkey baster.

The trial heard detailed medical evidence in relation to the life-threatening injuries sustained by the victim.

Gynaecologist Dr Ray O'Sullivan said his only previous experience of anything approaching her injuries was while treating women who had been raped with machetes when he was working in Africa.

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