Larry Murphy, a violent rapist and attempted murderer, got remission of 3½ years for good behaviour and will be released from prison today.
Good behaviour. In other words, he couldn’t find anyone to rape in prison without getting his face kicked in.
Apparently the authorities’ hands are tied, and they have to release Murphy with full remission and with no post-release supervision order even though he refused to take part in any counselling or other corrective treatment while in prison and showed no remorse for the misery he inflicted on his victim.
Furthermore, even though he’s obliged by law to tell the police where he intends to live, he can legally give his address as no fixed abode, provided he signs in to a police station once a week, leaving him plenty of free time to abduct, rape and perhaps murder women. By contrast, rapists of no fixed abode in Northern Ireland must take up residence in a designated halfway house.
Now, it seems to me that there’s no point counselling murderous psychopaths like Murphy. There’s no point trying to rehabilitate or cure them. There’s no point tagging them, because all a tag will show is their movements before and after committing their crimes.
These people are compulsive and without compassion.
Consequently, they deserve no compassion and in my opinion, there are only three possible solutions: lock them up for life, castrate them or kill them. My personal preference would be to fling him head first into a wood chipper, but unfortunately we can’t have the death sentence because of the risk that we’d kill innocent people as well as worthless vermin like Murphy. It’s the same with castration, unless a reversible chemical version is available.
That leaves life imprisonment, or jail until such time as he becomes incapable of threatening anyone.
When psychopathic rapists like Murphy go to prison, they never stop thinking about the day of their release when they can resume the search for new victims.
Murphy is now free, his hunt for victims resumes and there is nothing the authorities can do. Is it any wonder the people of Baltinglass are threatening to do him physical harm if he shows up?