Justin Murphy (Australian rules footballer)

Justin Murphy (born 24 April 1976) is a former Australian rules footballer who played with four clubs during his AFL career. In early 2017, he was jailed for 6 months for deliberately burning his then girlfriends middle finger with a blowtorch to the point where it needed to be amputated. He was released in October 2017.

Justin Murphy
Personal information
Full name Justin Murphy
Date of birth (1976-04-24) 24 April 1976
Place of birth Launceston, Tasmania
Original team(s) De La Salle College
Height 185 cm (6 ft 1 in)
Weight 85 kg (187 lb)
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
1994 1995 Richmond 012 00(9)
1996 2000 Carlton 079 0(76)
2001 Geelong 018 00(9)
2002 2003 Carlton 036 0(29)
2004 2005 Essendon 040 0(28)
Total 185 (151)
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 2005.
Career highlights
Sources: AFL Tables, AustralianFootball.com

Early life

Murphy was raised in Victoria, and is of Indigenous Australian descent. He attended John Gardiner Secondary College and played junior Australian football with the Central Dragons.

AFL career

Murphy is a true journeyman of the AFL, playing his 185 games at four different clubs.

He is remembered as the player who was holding the ball in his hands when the final siren sounded in Carlton's upset 1-point win against Essendon in the 1999 Preliminary Final.[1]

Murphy announced his retirement after he was delisted by Essendon after the conclusion of the 2005 AFL Season.[2]

Post-AFL career

In 2006, Murphy joined the Heidelberg Football Club in Melbourne's Diamond Valley Football League (later known as the Northern Football League). He played six seasons with the Tigers, in which time he played more than 100 games and won four Premierships.[3]

In 2012, he played for the Tatura Football Club in the Goulburn Valley Football League, winning a premiership there;[4] he played for Numurkah in the Murray Football League in early 2013, and returned to Heidelberg in late 2013,[5] then moved to Knox in the Eastern Football League in 2014.[6] Murphy has also played summer seasons in the Northern Territory Football League with Waratah.[7]

Criminal convictions

In 2008, Murphy was convicted of stealing a woman's purse as it lay unattended on the counter of a Williamstown bank. It was also reported that he failed to pay an ordered $400 donation to a Black Saturday bushfire appeal that was part of his penalty for the theft.[8]

in 2010, Murphy was arrested when police found two bags of crystal methamphetamine in his car. After initially telling police the drugs were his, but in court his lawyer claimed he had been claiming to protect his wife. Murphy plead guilty to one charge of possession of a drug of dependence and was released without charge on a 12-month good behavior bond. His lawyer also made an unsuccessful bid to suppress the details of the charge.[9]

In 2017, Murphy was sentenced to 6 months in prison after pleading guilty to 28 charges including unlawful assault, aggravated burglary and making threats to kill.[10] The charges related to a series of attacks on his former partner, Jill Scott, one of which involved him holding her down and burning her finger with a blowtorch. As a result of her injuries she had to have her finger amputated.[11] Murphy blamed his actions on his addiction to the drugs ice and GHB.[12]

He was released from prison in October 2017.[13]


  1. "Moment 4: Fraser Brown's tackle - carltonfc.com.au". carltonfc.com.au. Retrieved 18 February 2018.
  2. "Essendon midfielder Murphy to retire". The Sydney Morning Herald. 19 November 2005. Retrieved 27 October 2018.
  3. The Northerner: 2011 Division One Grand Final Edition, Northern Football League, 2011, p. 23
  4. McGowan, Marc (2 December 2011). "Justin Murphy signs with Tatura". Shepparton News. Archived from the original on 5 October 2013. Retrieved 27 July 2012.
  5. "Sports briefs". The Adviser. Shepparton, VIC. Archived from the original on 4 October 2013. Retrieved 1 October 2013.
  6. Tim Mitchell (21 February 2014). "Former AFL player Justin Murphy opts for Knox over Epping". Whittlesea Leader. Retrieved 31 May 2014.
  7. Grey Morris (15 October 2010). "Gun Tiwi Bombers return". NT News. Retrieved 1 October 2013.
  8. Jones, Katy (8 January 2010). "Former AFL star Justin Murphy fails to donate cash to Black Saturday appeal as part of court penalty for theft". Herald Sun. Retrieved 18 February 2018.
  9. Wright, Anne (28 October 2010). "Former AFL player Justin Murphy blames wife for drugs". The Australia. Retrieved 18 February 2018.
  10. "Former AFL star jailed for blow torch attack on ex". The West Australian. 18 May 2017. Retrieved 18 February 2018.
  11. "Former AFL player's abused ex lives couch-to-couch". The West Australian. 17 February 2018. Retrieved 18 February 2018.
  12. "Former AFL star jailed for blow torch attack on ex". The West Australian. 18 May 2017. Retrieved 18 February 2018.
  13. "Former AFL player Justin Murphy taunts ex-girlfriend with blowtorch". Mail Online. Retrieved 18 February 2018.
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