February 2018

Paedophile arranged to gang rape three-year-old using online apps

A paedophile who went by the username ‘Horrible Nick’ used messaging apps to arrange the gang rape of a three-year-old boy – but was caught out by undercover police.

Nicholas Murphy, 45, used smartphone app Kik Messenger to discuss his sick fantasies with other paedophiles, and even promised one man he could facilitate to bring a three-year-old for them to sexually abuse together.

Murphy, of Upton Green, Speke, was arrested after a group of ten paedophiles who used the anonymous messaging program was infiltrated by undercover police who traced his location and swooped on his previous address in Cheshire.

Police searching his phone found two sets of chat history with two different men, as well as chat history from the group of ten.

The father of the boy he had selected as his victim, who cannot be named for legal reasons, today described the harrowing moment he learned the full extent of Murphy’s sickening intentions.

He said: “At first, the police could only tell us what we needed to know for our son’s safety, but after he pleaded guilty they could release more information.

It was just horrible. It makes you feel sick. They read to us the chat history of his conversations on Kik Messenger and there were graphic details of what he wanted to do to my child.

“He was using the name Horrible Nick, and was speaking to other paedophiles. There was a group of about 10 which was brought down by an operation where the police traced their locations.

“Knowing that it was all being planned, you can’t help but imagine what might have happened to your son had it not all been stopped.”

After his arrest in September 2016, Murphy’s court date was delayed four times due to psychiatric examinations needed. After initially pleading innocent, he changed his plea to guilty.

The father added: “Going to court was horrible. Being sat in the waiting room near him and being in court near him was horrible.

“All you can think about is what he said he was going to do to your son, it was absolutely horrible having to look at him knowing what he had said.”

On February 15, 2018 at Liverpool Crown Court Judge Rachael Smith sentenced Murphy to JUST three years imprisonment for three counts of attempting to arrange or facilitate the commission of a child sex offence.

He was also ordered to sign the sex offenders register for life, and issued with a Sexual Harm Prevention Order (SHPO.)

The SHPO bans him from having contact with children other than his own or direct family who have given him permission.

It also prevents him using any internet enabled device which doesn’t store a copy of his browsing history and prohibits him from using any cloud-based online storage unless he also gives login details to the police.