Teenage Girl Praised For Bravery In Fighting Off Attacker
|A teenage girl has been praised for her courage in fighting off a 43-year-old man who tried to abduct her, by the judge at her attackers trial.
Dermot Murphy received a 13-year prison sentence for the attempted abduction of the 13-year-old girl. The charges against him also included the attempted abduction of a 20-year-old woman in a separate incident.
Murphy also had a previous conviction for rape and false imprisonment.
At Mullingar Circuit Court yesterday, Judge Tony Hunt described Murphy, as a serious and dangerous recidivist offender, with a serious perversion.
Murphy admitted assault, attempted abduction and attempted child trafficking of the midlands girl, who was cycling to her friend’s house when he attacked her.
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Judge Hunt said it was only her bravery, strength, clear presence of mind and sense of purpose that saved her from the appalling fate that Murphy had in mind for her.
Judge Hunt said her astute attention to detail led to Murphy’s arrest.
Judge Hunt took Murphy’s co-operation, his remorse and his willingness to engage in treatment into consideration, but said he was a serious danger to girls aged between nine and 14 years.
All attempts to manage his behaviour in the past had been unsuccessful, he said, ordering that post-release, he must inform gardaí of his whereabouts for the rest of his life.
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