AN Edenderry woman found guilty of digitally raping another woman has been sentenced to two and a half years in prison.
Anne Marie O’Loughlin from Fann in Edenderry had been working as a nurse in Australia for the past two and a half years and was due to return to Ireland last December
During a five day trial in Brisbane last December a 12 man jury convicted the Edenderry woman of two counts of digital rape and one of the deprivation of liberty of a woman in the female toilets in the Caxton Hotel in Brisbane on November 29 last year.
Her father Shay told the ‘Offaly Express’ at that time that the family were ‘devastated’ by the outcome.
“We believe there was a total miscarriage of justice. We hope to have it overturned by an appeal next year,” said Mr O’Loughlin.
He said everyone was so certain she was going to be found not guilty that Anne Marie had even booked her flights to leave Australia and arrive back in Ireland on December 21. He said that his daughter did not even know the woman. He said her anxious family were assured by Anne Marie’s barrister every day that the outcome would be positive.
At the court last week prosecutor Chris Minnery called for Ms O’Loughlin to be sentenced to three years with release on parole after she served 18 months.
Saying her behaviour was “completely out of character” Damian Walsh, defending barrister asked for a sentence of nine months.
Judge David Reid describing the matter as ‘a tragic event for all concerned’.
“It is particularly distressing. A security officer at the Caxton described you as unduly intoxicated. You were finding it hard to stay on your feet and almost fell down some stairs,” commented Judge Reid.
He added, “I hope you will use your time in prison to address issues you have with the consumption of alcohol and sexual agression.”
Ms O’Loughlin will be eligible for parole on March 3 next year, her 27th birthday, having served 18 months including time already spent in prison.