FEAR swept across East Limerick this week following reports that convicted rapist and suspected serial killer Larry Murphy had been seen in Cappamore, Pallasgreen and Oola.
Bruff and Tipperary garda stations were “inundated” with phone calls and one man who contacted the Limerick Leader said he knew women who had stopped going walking at night, and one woman who wouldn’t stay at home on her own.
“It all started at the weekend after rumours started that he was seen in front of a grotto in Cappamore.
“It’s the only thing people are talking about. A few of us got together to warn people that he might be around. There is genuine fear out here. Parents are driving their children everywhere,” said the man.
This Wednesday Bruff Superintendent, Alan Cunningham spoke to the Leader to allay locals’ fears.
“There is nothing to indicate that with ourselves. We’ve no knowledge or intelligence to indicate that that man is in the area and if there was we would be taking appropriate action to ensure they are complying with the sex offenders regulations.
“If a man is a registered offender and he goes to an area he has to give notification prior to going there to stay for a period of time. We have no notification and we have no intelligence to indicate that he is there. We have no official report,” said Supt Cunningham. It was being said in Tipperary last week that Murphy was staying in the Glen of Aherlow which Tipperary gardai have denied.
One woman who rang the Leader said: “I don’t know where this rumour came from but it has spread like wildfire and taken root. People are very afraid. Children are off school and men are taking turns watching them play.”
Murphy was released from prison after serving ten-and-a-half years of a 15-year jail term for rape and attempted murder in August 2010.