A 21-year-old man, who hid in a fire escape after snatching a woman and taking her away in full view of a CCTV camera, was serving a life sentence after admitting to raping her twice and trying to get her to kill.
Aaron Murphy admitted to being raped twice and charged once with attempted murder when he appeared before a judge and was immediately sent to prison.
His 49-year-old victim, presumably a complete stranger, had been approached by Murphy who tried to touch her and then grabbed her and carried her out the porch to an apartment building and out of sight of the camera.
Aaron Murphy, 21, in the photo, approached a woman outside an apartment building in Harrow, North West London, before dragging her away and raping her
Murphy twice raped the woman and attempted to kill her in the May attack
At the time of the attack, Murphy, who was receiving private education in Jamaica, was on bail for the sexual assault of a 51-year-old woman.
He also sexually assaulted a schoolgirl when he was 14.
A spokesman for the Metropolitan Police said today: “A man has been sentenced to life imprisonment after raping and attempting to murder a woman in Harrow.
Aaron Murphy, without permanent residence, was convicted at the Old Bailey Friday afternoon.
He had previously pleaded guilty to two rape and one attempted murder at the Central Criminal Court after the May attack.
Police were called to Havelock Place, Harrow on Thursday, May 21 at 2:54 am to report a malfunction. Officers responded within six minutes and found a woman who was visibly sad and seriously injured. She reported that she had just been raped and beaten by a stranger on the road. A crew from the London Ambulance Service was also present and the victim was taken to hospital.
During crime scene investigations the next day, members of the public warned the police on the scene of a man acting suspiciously. Officers immediately searched the suspect and found Murphy hiding a fire escape in a nearby apartment building. He was arrested on charges of rape and taken into custody.
Aaron Murphy, pictured, was sentenced to life after admitting to raping a woman twice and attempting to kill her in an attack in Harrow, northwest London in May.
During his police interview, Murphy admitted that he intended to kill the victim after he raped her twice and forcibly hit her. Only the sound of the police sirens stopped him and ran away.
CCTV nearby made Murphy run after the victim and run towards her. He grabbed her and dragged her down a service road to an underground parking garage. The victim suffered a broken cheekbone, two swollen and bruised eyes, purple bruises all over the face and neck, and chafed knees.
He was charged with attempted murder and rape twice on May 22. Considered a dangerous offender, he was sentenced to life with a minimum rate of nine years. He will also be on the life registry of sex offenders. ‘
Detective Sergeant Michael Daly, the officer in the case, said: “Obviously, Murphy is a very dangerous person and prison is the only place for him. In describing his morbid behavior to officers, he was callous and indifferent, unhindered by the devastation and ordeal he just caused.
The judge recognized Murphy’s dangerousness by sentencing him to life imprisonment and noting that no other punishment would adequately protect the public.
“I commend the members of the public who helped us quickly identify and locate the suspect and the investigation team for their excellent work, which has also been recognized by the judge.
Although the victim is still recovering from her physical injuries, she will have to live the rest of her life with the trauma of what happened that night. Despite this, she has been extraordinarily courageous during the investigation and I hope that knowing that he is behind bars will give her some comfort. ‘
Judge Sarah Munro QC, who convicted, said Murphy had “clearly enjoyed reliving” what he had done by viewing CCTV footage of the attack in court.
The judge said, “You made it clear to me that you did not want representation. I strongly advised you to have a representation. Today I repeated that advice.
“I offered you one last chance and you were convinced you didn’t want it. I must add that your father and aunt wanted to help you. Mrs. Campbell spoke to me about some background information on this case.
Mrs. Smullen has tried to present this case as fair to you. I have also given you the opportunity to address me, but you refused to do so.
‘[The victim] tried to keep you off. You then kissed her and grabbed her from behind in a bear hug while she was trying to get into an apartment building.
She said her husband was waiting for her. She gave you a cigarette. She was completely at your mercy.
“You sent her then, brutally slapping her around the head, face and neck, and grabbing her around the neck in an attempt to strangle her.”
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