Increased sentence for rapist 'better than nothing', says victim

The woman whose ex-boyfriend recently had his sentence increased for raping her in her sleep, says she is 'heartened' the original ruling has been overturned.

Niamh Ní Dhomhnaill's former partner Magnus Meyer Hustveit was originally handed down a seven-year sentence - suspended in full - last summer after pleading guilty.

However, last week a judge at the Court of Appeal labelled the first sentence unduly lenient and ordered Mr Hustveit to spend 15 months in prison.

Niamh Ní Dhomhnaill said that although she welcomes the revised sentence, it still doesn't go far enough.

"It was a dangerous ruling in the first place, so I'm heartened that that's been changed," she said.

"I'm obviously unhappy that it took going public ... [and] a lot of people getting angry about it for that to happen.

Niamh Ní Dhomhnaill appearing on the Ray D’Arcy show last October. Pic: RTE

"I obviously still don't feel that it's representative of what has been taken away from me and what continues to be taken away from me.

"But it's something, and it's better than nothing."



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