It’s almost impossible to imagine the horrors Fiona Doyle endured from the age of 7 until the age of 16, at the hands of her father, Patrick O’Brien. For that matter, it’s almost impossible to imagine a father doing these things, and yet that’s precisely what Patrick O’Brien did, raping his daughter almost every day for nine years, between 1973 and 1982.
When confronted with that sort of fact, most of us stand back in bafflement and shake our heads. What is that? What am I looking at?
There’s no need to repeat the details of the case, except to say that O’Brien subjected his daughter to the most degrading treatment imaginable, unremittingly, unrelentingly destroying her life, but also rejecting all that should have been good in his own life.
He’s 75 now, which means he was 33 when he started raping his seven-year-old daughter.
What a piece of shit.
When he was convicted, O’Brien received a twelve-year sentence from Judge Paul Carney, but the judge suspended the last nine years of the sentence, due to O’Brien’s advanced age and poor health, which is no reason to let a rapist walk free, as the Court of Appeal agreed. This old git will be going to jail for a while.
Apparently, he suffers from various painful ailments, which is great news as far as I’m concerned, but the court decided that didn’t prevent a longer jail sentence. His illnesses would be well-treated in prison, and that’s where the vile old bastard is off to for the foreseeable future.
I must confess that, while I felt little sympathy for him after hearing the reports on the radio, my attitude changed when I saw him on the tv. After that, I wanted to strangle him myself. If ever there was a man whose profound inner ugliness shows on the outside, it’s this character.
I hope they put him in a cell with somebody who truly hates perverts, but the truth is, that won’t happen. Instead, he’ll end up in Arbour Hill prison, with the other sex offenders. He’ll find himself in a supportive environment where his friends assure each other that they have nothing to feel guilty for.
This is in contrast to his victim who has had to endure isolation, hopelessness and despair for 40 years, and who has survived solely due to her personal strength and fortitude.
If I had my way, these abusers would be fed feet first into the gearbox of a tractor, but luckily for democracy, I don’t make such decisions.