May 2018

Irish singer and actor sexually assaulted young girl while on North Wales tour

A retired Irish folk singer and actor has been warned to expect a prison sentence after he admitted sexually assaulting a young girl almost 40 years ago.

The offences are said to have happened when Noel Murphy, 74, was visiting North Wales as part of his singing career.

Murphy was well-known on the folk scene in the 1960s and 70s and toured as Murf and Shaggis for two years before the group became Draught Porridge. He was also an actor and appeared regularly on TV and radio during the period.

The assault against the girl took place in the late 70s when he made an appearance at a folk club at Mold and was staying in the area.

The victim, who was aged less than 14 at the time was sexually assaulted by Murphy in a house during this visit, Mold Crown Court heard.

The woman, now in her late 40s, made a recent complaint and Murphy initially denied the allegations

But today at Mold Murphy changed his plea and admitted three counts of indecent assault

The jury formally found him guilty at the direction of Judge Niclas Parry.

His barrister Deni Matthews said Murphy was a man of good character who was approaching 75 and whose health was not as good as it could be.

He said Murphy also cared for his daughter who had a significant disability.

Judge Parry said that he would still receive some credit in sentence because the complainant had not had to give evidence.

He would not ignore the fact that he was a man of previous good character.

Judge Parry bailed the defendant for sentence at the end of May but told him “I would be misleading you if I did not tell you to put your affairs in order in readiness for a custodial sentence.”

Murphy, 74, of Mullion in Cornwall, originally pleaded not guilty in December to three charges of indecent assault dating back to the late 1970s in the Mold area on a girl aged under 14.

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