Man falsely identified as child abuser on Facebook

by Sylvia Pownall
Notorious Clondalkin child abuser Anthony Luckwill.

A man mistaken for notorious Clondalkin child abuser Anthony Luckwill has described how he was chased by a mob and had to ring gardai for help.
David Murray was falsely identified as convicted paedophile Luckwill, who was released from prison last year, as he walked along the street in Monasterevin, County Kildare last Friday.
The confusion arose after his photograph was wrongly shared by a commenter on the Facebook page of Kildare Now under an article about Luckwill being in the area.
Mr Murray was confronted by a group of adults in their 30s and 40s, verbally abused and chased up the street to a local pub where he sought refuge and rang gardai.
He had to produce his passport to prove his identity and says he has hardly slept since the altercation.
Mr Murray, who had visited Monasterevin several times looking for a place to live, said: “I thought the people were very friendly. I would never feel safe there now.
“I didn’t even understand what they were saying at first. They subjected me to vile verbal abuse, although they were too cowardly to directly physically engage me.”
Mr Murray walked to Finlay’s pub where up to 30 people gathered outside and rang 999. He was escorted from the premises by gardai 40 minutes later.
He has since expressed concern that his photo might be wrongly shared on social media again inviting more problems.
Luckwill has a string of convictions for possession of child pornography both here and in Wales.
He sexually assaulted two young boys in 2011 and was jailed for four-and-a-half years.
The sex offender, who is in his mid 40s, was jailed after posing on the internet as a casting agent for TV programmes.
He was forced to move from an address in Rathcoole last year when his house was set on fire and was later chased from an address on Monastery Road in Clondalkin.
In the past week there have been several unconfirmed reports of him in west Dublin driving a modified jeep with tinted windows and the back seats removed.

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