William John Murphy
NZ Herald story 23rd June 2013
Police want to speak to 36-year-old William John Murphy in relation to eight attacks on elderly women in Auckland in the last week. They say he is a key person and they need to speak to him urgently. Murphy, who also goes by the name Wiremu Ruapapera, was identified as the man using a stolen Eftpos card following a robbery in Point Chevalier. Detective Inspector Karyn Malthus said Murphy was transient and was known to have contacts between Auckland and Kaitaia.
"We'd very much like to speak to him about his activities over the past week," she said. The daughter of one of the elderly victims, Sylvie van de Geer, appealed for the attacker to give himself up. "Please stop... I just urge this person to please stop," she said. "These are our mums, these are our grandmums. These are people who have families and grandchildren. I treasure my mum... He can't be allowed to keep doing this." Police are carrying out a forensic examination of a house where an elderly woman was attacked last night.
The Herald understands she was tied up and was assaulted in her own home by a man posing as a security expert. Neighbours have described the woman coming out of her council flat on Pakuranga's Dale Cres, crying for help after the attack. She was only partially clothed and her hands were still tied. Police believe the attack is linked to a string of similar incidents across Auckland over the last week. They fear the man could kill unless he is stopped.
Last night's attack was the latest in a series of robberies against elderly victims, which Detective Senior Sergeant Aaron Pascoe said were escalating in violence. "We're really, really concerned about this guy harming somebody or even killing somebody, and if anybody can identify either who this person is, or his whereabouts, we need to know urgently so we can stop him." Mr Pascoe said the man knocked at the woman's door and claimed there was an intruder in the area.
After telling her to make sure her house was secure, the man forced his way into her home. Mr Pascoe said the intruder then tied the woman up with string which he found at the house. He threatened and assaulted the woman with a weapon, before stealing property including bank cards and money. Mr Pascoe would not go into detail about the attack, but said a weapon had been found at the address.
He said the robbery was believed to be linked to other offences in Remuera, Penrose, Orewa, Takapuna, Northcote, Herne Bay and Westmere. On some occasions, the offender has claimed to be a plain clothes police officer. "This escalates the offending of what the police believe to be a series of robberies targeting the elderly residing in communal residential units or similar," Mr Pascoe said. "The offender is becoming more aggressive in his approach to his victims."
Police have released three photographs of the alleged offender, who has been described as a Maori or Polynesian man. "I would expect if somebody knows this person, they will immediately recognise him from that photograph." Mr Pascoe said members of the public, particularly the elderly, should be vigilant and cautious about their personal security. "Because the offender is targeting the elderly, police are urging people to only open the door to people they know, and anyone who recognises the suspect in the attached photographs are to contact the police immediately."
In one photo, taken by a member of public before the attack in Remuera last Monday, the alleged offender was shown in a distinctive American-style two-tone maroon jacket with letters on the chest area and blue sleeves. Two more photos show the alleged offender trying to use a card stolen in the Westmere attack on Thursday.
Police are still seeking two vehicles stolen during the robberies. One is a blue Honda Prelude, registration DPD488, and the other is a black Holden HSV Club Sport, registration DBG685. Anyone with information about the offences or the offender is asked to call police on 111 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.
From Northern Advocate story 6th June 2007
A convicted rapist who broke into a Far North woman's home and molested her in bed, a day after indecently assaulting another woman, has been jailed for seven years. William John Murphy, 30, of Auckland, only narrowly escaped being sentenced to preventive detention - effectively a life sentence - for offences which dated back to 2001. He was sentenced in the High Court a Whangarei yesterday after being found guilty last year on four charges of indecent assault and one of burglary.
Justice David Baragwanath said in December 2001 Murphy approached a woman who was sleeping in an armchair. She woke to find him kneeling in front of her touching her breasts. Three years later in November 2004 he molested the same woman who was asleep in her car. She woke up to find him kissing her. Justice Baragwanath said the next day Murphy broke into a house and indecently assaulted a different woman by kissing her and touching her breasts while she was in bed. Both women had been severely traumatised by the incidents.
The court was told that Murphy was convicted of rape and sexual violation in 1996. Those charges related to an incident when Murphy broke into a unit at a retirement village in 1995. He put socks over his hands and masked his face and then raped a middle-aged woman. In November 2001, Murphy went into a house claiming to be looking for a relative and then indecently assaulted a woman. The judge said in November 2004 Murphy was convicted on two trespass charges relating to "prowler type" offences.
Crown prosecutor Mike Smith sought preventive detention, saying the community needed to be protected from Murphy. Such a sentence did not necessary mean Murphy would spend the rest of his life in jail, but it would be up to him to prove he was fit to be released. Defence lawyer Geoff Wells said Murphy had indicated he wanted to address his alcohol, drug and anger issues. His offending had became less serious over the years and he knew he had to change his ways. Justice Baragwanath said the Crown had a strong argument for preventive detention.
"You are right on the knife edge ... you have problems that unless dealt with are going to put some other innocent victims at risk." But he said Murphy was also reaching an age where he was coming to his senses. The reports he had suggested Murphy had the capacity to change. Justice Baragwanath jailed Murphy for seven years and imposed a four year non-parole period. "You know that this is an act of mercy to you and it's directed at allowing you to take control of your life." He told Murphy he would not get another chance if he offended again.
Date of Birth
1977 (D.O.B. is approximate)
Three Strikes Status
Sentenced to just 7 years with a 4 year minimum non-parole period in June 2007
Released on electronic bail while awaiting sentencing on other charges, but has since absconded
Captured and back inside for now as far as we know
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William John Murphy sentenced over elderly attacks
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