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AN EL­DERLY Bray man has ad­mit­ted raping his daugh­ter re­peat­edly over a 10-year pe­riod. Pa­trick O’Brien (72) of Old­court Av­enue in Bray ap­peared at the Cen­tral Crim­i­nal Court on Mon­day charged with the of­fences.

His daugh­ter Fiona Doyle (nee O’Brien) waived her right to anonymity and read out a vic­tim im­pact state­ment to the court.

She said that O’Brien raped her ev­ery night, and that the abuse be­came as fre­quent as hav­ing din­ner.

A WOMAN who was raped as a child by her fa­ther for 10 years told gar­dai that the abuse be­came as fre­quent as hav­ing din­ner, a court has heard.

Fiona Doyle (nee O'Brien) said her fa­ther Pa­trick O'Brien, now aged 72, raped her ev­ery night when her mother went out to play bingo.

Waiv­ing her right to anonymity, she told the Cen­tral Crim­i­nal Court that no sen­tence im­posed on O'Brien could ‘ undo the enor­mous dam­age that my fa­ther has done to me.'

‘It is some­thing I have lived with since I was a young child and it's some­thing I will have to live with un­til the day I die.'

As a re­sult of the abuse she said her first mar­riage failed and she made two se­ri­ous sui­cide at­tempts.

She said she at­tempted to change her own ap­pear­ance through plas­tic surgery, say­ing: ‘I had many op­er­a­tions which I see now was a form of self mu­ti­la­tion. I have the many scars to prove it.'

Pa­trick O'Brien, of Old Court Av­enue, Bray pleaded guilty at the Cen­tral Crim­i­nal Court to 16 charges of the rape and in­de­cent as­sault of Fiona Doyle at Mack­in­tosh Park, Pot­tery Road, Dun Laoghaire from 1973 to 1982.

He was re­manded on con­tin­u­ing bail to ap­pear be­fore Mr. Jus­tice Paul Car­ney for sen­tenc­ing next Mon­day.

The abuse be­gan when O'Brien raped the vic­tim on the night be­fore she was to make her First Holy Com­mu­nion when she was about seven years old.

Ms. Doyle told the court, ‘ There was none of the usual ex­cite­ment you'd ex­pect in a fam­ily home where such a big oc­ca­sion was to hap­pen the next day.

‘My mother went off to bingo, leav­ing me at the mercy of my fa­ther. Al­most cer­tainly know- ing what he would do to me. My fa­ther raped me that night. I re­mem­ber ly­ing in bed that night but be­ing un­able to sleep be­cause of the pain.'

De­tec­tive Garda Dar­ragh Phe­lan told Monika Leech BL, pros­e­cut­ing, that Ms Doyle de­scribed the abuse as tak­ing place ev­ery evening and be­ing ‘as fre­quent as hav­ing din­ner.'

De­tec­tive Phe­lan said there was a cul­ture of fear and vi­o­lence in the home and that Ms Doyle's mother would call her a whore while beat­ing her. Ms Doyle said she be­lieves her mother knew about the abuse and that she was cast as ‘ the other woman' in an ‘evil mar­riage’.

Mary Rose Gearty SC, de­fend­ing, said that her client is an el­derly man in ‘ex­tremely poor health' who has taken full re­spon­si­bil­ity for th­ese grave of­fences.

Mr. Jus­tice Car­ney ini­tially re­manded O'Brien in cus­tody for sen­tenc­ing next Mon­day.

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