Anita Cobby killer bashed in Sydney jail

One of the men jailed over the vicious rape and murder of Sydney nurse Anita Cobby is in a serious condition after being bashed in prison.

Gary Murphy was rushed to St Vincent’s Hospital in Sydney after being attacked at Long Bay Jail on Tuesday morning.

The 61-year-old is understood to have suffered serious head injuries in the attack.


It’s reported the bashing happened in the prison’s shower block.

A spokesperson for Corrective Services NSW said Police were investigating and “a number of assailants had been identified.”

Murphy, along with brothers Michael and Leslie, Michael Murdoch and John Travers, was found guilty in 1987 of the abduction, rape and murder of Anita Cobby in a crime that shocked the nation.

Gary Murphy pictured in a Police mugshot

Ms Cobby was snatched off a street in Blacktown while walking from the train station to her parents’ home.

Her body was found several days later in a paddock in Prospect.

All five men were sentenced to life in prison, never to be released.

Michael Murphy died in February after a battle with cancer.