Former teacher raped by her boyfriend as she slept to seek appeal against seven year suspended sentence
Published 14/07/2015 | 17:35
A former teacher raped by her boyfriend while she slept says she intends to seek an appeal against his suspended seven-year prison sentence.
Niamh Nic Dhomhnaill said she will "do everything I can regarding an appeal, not just for me but for others who may be affected by the precedent that this case has set".
Speaking on RTE Radio One's Ray D'Arcy Show, Niamh said that the suspended sentence handed down by Judge Patrick McCarthy sent out "the wrong message" to victims of rape and sexual violence.
The court heard she had been raped and sexually assaulted in her sleep by Magnus Meyer Hustveit (25).
She said she still feels 'numb' after the sentencing.
"I am still numb. On the one hand a seven year sentence reflects the severity of his actions but on the other hand it was purely theoretical; there is no sanction for his actions," she said.
The 28-year-old also expressed her concern regarding the potential success of an appeal: "It has been said to me that an appeal may not be possible because the judge went into such detail as to why he was giving a seven year sentence and why it would not be imposed."
She said that she believes that Hustveit did not think that she would go to the gardai but she "did what was needed to prosecute a crime."
Ms Nic Dhomhnaill was suffering from an illness at the time of the relationship.
The facts of the case emerged only when Hustveit emailed his former partner stating he had been using her "body for my gratification" for almost a year.
The Norwegian man, previously of Leo Street, North Circular Road, Dublin, pleaded guilty at the Central Criminal Court to one count of rape, and one count of sexual assault, between 2011 and 2012.