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Rapist Murphy released from prison

Convicted rapist Larry Murphy is spending his first night as a free man after his controversial release from prison.

The notorious criminal casually walked to a waiting taxi after serving 10 years of a 15-year sentence for a brutal sex attack on a woman in the Wicklow Mountains.

Murphy, 45, who kidnapped his terrified victim in Carlow before repeatedly raping her and leaving her for dead, was also a suspect in the disappearance of several young women in the 1990s.

Fears have been growing around Murphy's hometown of Baltinglass, Co Wicklow, that the sex attacker will return to the area.

His brother Tom stressed he has not been in contact with Murphy and does not know where he intends to live. He said he hopes no other woman suffers at the hands of his violent brother.

"All I can say is I will not be having him here. Under no circumstances will Larry be coming to me," added Mr Murphy.

A garda management plan has been put in place to monitor Murphy's movements and his whereabouts and he must formally register an address with them within seven days. As a high-risk offender, he will also be visited by a member of the force at least once a month.

A handful of angry spectators were gathered outside Arbour Hill prison in Dublin as he emerged at about 10.15am wearing a black hooded top, baseball cap and sunglasses. "I can't believe how cool and casual he was as he walked out," said one woman. "I just hope they throw him in the Liffey."

The Government has been criticised for not being able to stop Murphy's early release as he was entitled to 25 percent remission for good behaviour behind bars.

Murphy pleaded guilty to rape and attempted murder of a young woman in February 2000 after she survived a vicious sex attack. He repeatedly raped her before putting a shopping bag over her head in the boot of his car in a secluded spot in the mountains. His victim was saved when two late-night hunters stumbled across the scene and recognised Murphy, who fled and was arrested the following morning at his home.

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