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hoax threat Rapist Michael Murray 'called in bomb threat' to pregnant justice minister Helen McEntee

Michael Murray (50) was yesterday found guilty of threatening to kill Dominic McGinn SC and his colleague Tony McGillicuddy BL

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Convicted rapist Michael Murray was arrested on suspicion of making threat

Convicted rapist Michael Murray was arrested on suspicion of making threat

Convicted rapist Michael Murray was arrested on suspicion of making threat

A convicted rapist who harassed his victim and threatened to kill the barristers who prosecuted him is under investigation for issuing a bomb threat to the Justice Minister.

Michael Murray (50) was yesterday found guilty of threatening to kill Dominic McGinn SC and his colleague Tony McGillicuddy BL.

A jury also found that he harassed the woman he had raped by advertising her as a prostitute.

The jury of eight men and four women took just over an hour to find him unanimously guilty of making threats to kill and three charges of harassment.

It can now be disclosed that Murray, formerly of Seafield Road in Killiney, Co Dublin, was recently arrested on suspicion of issuing a bogus bomb threat to Justice Minister Helen McEntee.

On March 7 this year, gardaí rushed to Ms McEntee's Meath home after a caller rang the Samaritans helpline claiming an explosive had been placed at her property.

However, following a detailed search of the home, the incident was declared a hoax.

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Helen McEntee

Helen McEntee

Helen McEntee

 

The number used to make the call was analysed and gardaí established it was made from the Midlands Prison.

CCTV footage was also obtained as part of the inquiry and on March 26, Murray was arrested by investigating detectives and brought to Portlaoise garda station.

He was quizzed for a number of hours before being released without charge with a file being prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP).

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The hoax threat was made against the Justice Minister when she was expecting her first child.

It is understood the minister was given security advice in the aftermath of the incident.

Ms McEntee is currently on maternity leave following the birth of her son with Heather Humphreys the interim Justice Minister.

Murray was yesterday found guilty of making death threats to the barristers who prosecuted him and harassing others involved in his 2013 trial, including his victim.

Murray had pleaded not guilty to threatening to kill Dominic McGinn SC and his colleague Tony McGillicuddy BL.

He also denied harassing the woman he is convicted of raping by posting her name and phone number online in an ad offering her as a prostitute, and doing the same to Mr McGinn and his own defence solicitor.

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