Man jailed for ‘one of the worst cases of abuse of a daugh­ter’


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A BRAY MAN who raped his daugh­ter over a 10-year pe­riod was sen­tenced to 12 years, with nine of those sus­pended due to his ill health.

Pa­trick O’Brien (72) of Old­court Av­enue in Bray started raping his daugh­ter Fiona Doyle when she was just seven years old in 1973.

Judge Paul Car­ney told the Cen­tral Crim­i­nal Court this week that this was ‘one of the worst cases of abuse of a daugh­ter that you could pos­si­bly find,’ and ‘one of the most diffi- cult cases to re­solve.’

O’Brien was re­leased on bail pend­ing his ap­peal.

Fiona broke down in tears dur­ing the sen­tenc­ing hear­ing on Mon­day. She gave up her anonymity and gave ev­i­dence of a decade of abuse which be­came ‘as reg­u­lar as hav­ing din­ner.’

Her fa­ther raped and abused Fiona at their Dun Laoghaire home ev­ery time her mother went out to bingo.

She told the court in her vic­tim im­pact state­ment that no sen­tence im­posed on O’Brien could ‘undo the enor­mous dam­age that my fa­ther has done to me.’

The judge said he made his de­ci­sion to sus­pend part of the sen­tence for rea­sons in­clud­ing ill­ness.

Other mit­i­gat­ing fac­tors that led to the re­duc­tion in O’Brien’s sen­tence in­cluded his guilty plea and re­morse, the length of time since the of­fences oc­curred and his good be­hav­iour in the in­terim.

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