‘When it all boils down to it, that was my dad walking through those doors and I’ll never see him again’
RAPE VICTIM Fiona Doyle did not celebrate last week when her father Patrick O’Brien was jailed.
It was an extraordinary week for Fiona, who waived her right to anonymity only to see her abuser walk free pending an appeal of his sentence.
However Justice Paul Carney overturned his decision and brought O’Brien back to court on Thursday morning to revoke his bail and send him to prison.
‘It’s not something I had planned on celebrating,’ she said afterwards. ‘I found it quite sad. When it all boils down to it, that was my dad walking through those doors and I’ll never see him again.’
The following evening she told Ryan Tubridy on the Late Late Show that she walked out of the courtroom ‘an orphan.’
She added that she still loves her father, and cannot explain why, other than ‘ he’s still my dad.’
She almost called out for them not to take him away, she said, and nearly offered her mother Breda a lift home.
Justice Carney apologised to Fiona, saying that the sentencing was dealt with ‘in a procedurally confused manner.’
The Judge mentioned that O’Brien is on constant oxygen and is under the care of nine consultants for various disorders.
‘I did not want to take the responsibility of this case entirely on my own and wanted the burden to be shared with me by others,’ he said.
‘ The sentence was designed to ensure that nobody would be able to say the accused walked but of course people were able to say that.’
He said that to allow bail on the sentence of 12 years with 9 of those suspended was ‘something I shouldn’t have done,’ and ‘insensitive.’
‘I have no hesitation in expressing my profound regret to Ms. Doyle for the distress which has been caused to her in this case.’