‘When it all boils down to it, that was my dad walking through those doors and I’ll never see him again’

Bray People - - THE NOTEBOOK -

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.’

Pa­trick O’Brien

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