DPP To Appeal Leniency Of O'Brien Sentence

A decision by the DPP to appeal the leniency of the sentence given to Patrick O’Brien, for rape and indecent assault, has been welcomed by Fiona Doyle, O’Brien’s daughter and victim.

Following a conviction for raping and indecently assaulting his daughter over a number of year, O'Brien was given a 12-year jail term, the last nine years of which were suspended.

O’Brien had been granted bail pending any potential appeal but this decision was overturned within five days and O'Brien is currently in prison.

Speaking on RTÉ's Today with Pat Kenny, Ms Doyle said that gardaí informed her of the DPP's decision to appeal the leniency of her father's sentence yesterday.

"The time was up yesterday, the 21 days for the appeal, and I had a meeting with the guards yesterday and they told me that my father hadn't appealed, but that they were going to, which was a nice surprise and a shock," Ms Doyle said.


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