Victim 'vindicated' by rapist's sentence

Thu, Jan 24, 2013, 00:00

Rape and sexual assault survivor Fiona Doyle has said she feels "vindicated” after a court ruled her father’s bail be revoked.

Sentencing judge Mr Justice Paul Carney today admitted it was “insensitive and not appropriate” to let 72-year-old Patrick O’Brien walk free from Dublin’s Central Criminal Court on Monday. He had raped and sexually assaulted his daughter over a nine year period from 1973.

O’Brien’s jail term, including nine years suspended, starts now, the judge ruled.

Speaking on the steps of the Central Criminal Court this morning, Ms Doyle said she accepted Judge Carney’s regret at what happened.

“I feel vindicated and that was all I wanted,” she said. Surrounded by family members, she said in her father’s present state, the three year sentence is a "lifetime" for him.

“I would just like to ask my Dad, as a sign of remorse, not to appeal this three year sentence,” she said.

Asked if she was surprised her father had previously applied for bail, she said she was.

“I remember looking over at him and thinking, you can’t do that to me, but he did. Maybe it’s just him being scared of jail, I don’t know. I’m just happy at what happened today.”

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