July 31, 2021

Notorious Wicklow rapist Larry Murphy working as a carpenter in UK: report

Notorious Wicklow rapist Larry Murphy, who is the chief suspect for the murder of Deirdre Jacob, has been working on building sites in the UK as the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) decides whether to charge him in relation to the case.

Murphy, from Baltinglass, has been working on sites in London and Birmingham as gardai continue to work with UK police monitoring Murphy’s activities, according to a report in today’s Irish Independent.

In late February gardai submitted a file to the DPP on the murder of trainee school teacher Deirdre Jacob, but a decision to charge Murphy has not yet been made.

If the DPP decides Murphy has a case to answer, gardaí will seek a European Arrest Warrant.

The investigation is being led by Kildare gardaí under the command of Superintendent Martin Walker.

Ms Jacob (18) was last seen crossing the road towards her home at Roseberry, Newbridge, Co Kildare, at about 3pm on July 28, 1998.

Her disappearance was treated officially as a missing persons case until August 2018, when it was formally upgraded to a murder investigation.

The decision to reclassify the case followed the emergence of new information, which led to gardaí opening up fresh lines of inquiry.

One of Ireland’s most feared criminals, Murphy (54) was convicted in 2001 of kidnapping, repeatedly raping and attempting to murder a young woman in the Wicklow mountains in February 2000. He was released in 2010 after serving 10 years.

On the day she went missing, Ms Jacob had left her home at around 1pm to go to Newbridge.

She was seen at the AIB bank on the Main Street at 2.20pm before crossing the street and going to the post office at 2.30pm.

The last CCTV footage of her was recorded from an Irish Permanent office on Main Street as she walked back in the direction of her home.

Murphy became a person of interest after it emerged he had visited the shop owned by Ms Jacob’s grandmother.

CCTV footage from the day of Ms Jacob’s disappearance has been digitalised, resulting in new witnesses being identified from the clearer video.

During an interview with gardaí while in prison, Murphy denied any involvement in her disappearance.

Gardaí travelled to the UK in 2018 and tried to interview Murphy, but he refused to answer questions.

Two retired detectives who secured critical testimony from a prisoner who implicated Murphy in the murder of Ms Jacob were interviewed by gardaí and their statements are included in the file sent to the DPP.


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