'Justice has been served today'24/01/2013 - 14:47:10
The below is the full statement made by rape victim Fiona Doyle outside the Central Criminal Court in Dublin today, after her father Patrick O'Brien was jailed for raping her over a 10-year period:
"Justice has been served today and I have been vindicated," Ms Doyle said.
"I accept Judge Carney’s regret in what happened and I’m just overwhelmed at the support, the media support, the support from people in Bray, Facebook, it has been amazing.
“They picked me up and carried me for the last four days, like my children, and my husband and my extended family.
“I feel vindicated and that was all I wanted. Now I would just like to ask my Dad, as a sign of remorse, not to appeal the three-year sentence.
“This three-year sentence is now, in his present state, a lifetime for him.”
She said she was surprised that he applied for bail, saying: “I thought at the time, I remember looking over at him and thinking he can’t do that to me. But he did. Maybe it’s him just being scared of jail. I don’t know.
“I’m just happy at what happened today.”
“I stood there and waited until he went right through those doors and that was all I wanted. He might now feel the loneliness the lack of support and the isolation that I have felt for the past 40 years.”
“I’ve waited for this day for over 20 years since I first brought the first complaint to the gardaí and the HSE. But they were like everybody else, my schools, my teachers, doctors, hospitals. They let me down and nobody believed me.”
“I’m walking away without the baggage.”
Asked what she would say to other women who are in the same situation as her, she said: “Look at my face today compared to last week. I’m happy. It’s been a rough ride but it’s worth it.”
Asked if the DPP should appeal the leniency, she said: “I am not sure what the DPP is going to do. Whatever they decide I will support. But I’m just happy that he’s not going home today.”
She said the detective involved with the case, Detective Garda Darragh Phelan, would always be a friend. She said she was still going to meet the Taoiseach.
She said: “I am going to meet him on Wednesday at 12 o’clock. I look forward to it. I look forward to putting my case across. And I look forward to putting my hurt and the problems I found with the system about getting this case brought to light.
“And maybe also to discuss what happened when I first went to the guards 20 years ago, and the HSE.”
Paying tribute to her family she said: “They’re amazing. What can I say about my kids? They’re just wonderful wonderful kids. I’m so proud of them. I’m just so proud they have turned out the fine adults they have turned out, considering the circumstances and the few bumps we had along the way.”
Asked what she would say to victims who are worried that people won’t believe them she said: “There will be somebody. Somebody will listen to you.”
She said she was not going to go out and celebrate because of the case. She said: “It’s not something I had planned on celebrating. 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.
“My Mam and Dad said last week they’ve nothing to do with Fiona Doyle. Well Fiona Doyle’s got nothing to do with Pat and Breda O’Brien. I’m a Doyle and I’m proud of the family I come from and the family we are.”
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