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THE PORN PIED PIPER; Sick pervert, 58 videoed himself while he abused children as young as four.

Byline: MICHAEL DOYLE and JOANNE McELGUNN

THIS is the Pied Piper, an evil sex fiend jailed for videoing himself abusing children.

Psychiatric nurse Patrick Murphy, 58, was sentenced to six years for a catalogue of assaults on children.

These included plying the 13-year-old grandson of a couple he befriended with EIGHT bottles of Smirnoff Ice before assaulting him.

He filmed himself massaging the young boy and carrying out a sex act on a bed.

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court heard yesterday the video also showed the young boy going to the toilet and being sick.

Murphy used a camcorder to film himself abusing a seven-year-old girl and two brothers, aged four and six, exposing their private parts to the camera as he babysat them in Co Sligo.

Murphy, from Lower Beechwood Avenue, Ranelagh, but originally from Killarney, Dublin, admitted three counts of using a child for sexual exploitation on camcorder cassettes, video discs and digital discs at addresses in Dublin and Sligo between June 1, 1999 and October 31, last year.

He also pleaded guilty to three counts of possessing child pornography.

These included two magazines, computer discs and printouts with images of children.

Judge Des Hogan said it was the type of offence that warranted a custodial sentence.

He added that as none of the children had victim impact reports it indicated they were too traumatised to relive their experiences.

Judge Hogan said: "You connived your way into the trust and affection of the families of these children, who are the unfortunate victims.

"Under the guise of acts of kindness you breached that trust in pursuance of your own base motives and sexual gratification and I have no doubt this will have a lasting affect on the children involved and their parents.

"I have read the Book of Evidence and it makes for dismal and harrowing reading.

"I am aware you have had an unhappy life but, however scarred you must be yourself as a result of your upbringing, I am quite satisfied you knew what you were doing was wrong."

Detective Garda Liam Maher told the court Murphy was convicted of possessing indecent photographs in London and jailed for four months in 1995.

The following year he was jailed for 18 months on three charges of sexually assaulting a 14-year-old boy but served only nine months.

Murphy befriended a couple from the West of Ireland in London who had four children.

Two of the children moved back to Sligo with their grandparents and when Murphy returned home he often visited them.

The families trusted him so much Murphy often brought the 13-year-old son of one couple to Dublin, where he filmed the pair of them engaging in sexual activity.

He also visited the family of the seven-year-old girl in Sligo and often baby-sat for her and two brothers, who were the children of family friends.

Det Gda Maher said he obtained a warrant to search Murphy's flat in October last year as a result of information he received from England.

Gardai seized a video, a computer, a camcorder and a digital camera.

They found 307 videos but only three of them, plus four camcorder cassettes, had material of a pornographic nature.

They also found 22 images on the computer's hard-drive and 70 photographs with images of half-naked young children.

Some of the videos contained images of children on a beach, which seemed as though they had been taken on holiday.

When Murphy was arrested he was taken to Kilkenny Garda station where he admitted the material was his and later, after questioning in Arbour Hill prison, he identified the children in the videos.

Murphy told officers he bought the magazines 20 years ago while in Amsterdam.

He added that he had never been interested in women and couldn't explain his fascination with young boys.

He told gardai: "I know what I'm doing is not normal but I can't help myself."

Det Gda Maher said all the children were extremely traumatised from their experience and none could talk about it.

Murphy alleged in his statement that he was sexually abused regularly by a brother while he was at St Patrick's Industrial School in Cork in the 1950s. He had also spent his formative years in an orphanage in Cappoquin, Co Waterford.

Murphy claimed to have returned to the school when he was 20 with the intention of killing the brother only to learn he was already dead.

He later qualified as a psychiatric nurse and went to work in Our Lady's Psychiatric Hospital in Cork, but he left in 1975 after an unspecified incident.

He then went to work at two orphanages in Waterford and Cappoquin, where he alleged a nun tried to initiate sexual activities with him.

After that he moved to London where he again worked as a psychiatric nurse but later quit because of ill-health and worked in a bar in Wembley before returning to Ireland in 1997.

Murphy's lawyer pleaded with Judge Hogan for leniency as his client was making the videos for his "own, perverted purposes" and was not selling or distributing them.

And he said the offences committed on the tapes were at the lower end of scale.

The lawyer added that Murphy pleaded guilty at the earliest possible stage, had co-operated with the gardai and he was entitled to credit for that.

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