Digital rape charge girl to fly home from Australia
Published 20/06/2011 | 11:38
An Irish nurse convicted of rape in Australia is expected to return to Ireland later this week following a decision to drop criminal charges against her.
Anne Marie O'Loughlin (26) from Edenderry, Co Offaly, was found guilty last year of raping a 34-year-old woman in the toilet of a Brisbane hotel in November 2009. She was sentenced to 2.5 years in prison but was released earlier this month pending a retrial.
However, it has now been reported that the charges have been "formally withdrawn", which means O'Loughlin will be free to leave Australia. Her father, Shay, said he is "over the moon" after hearing the news.
Sources revealed the complainant, a 34-year-old woman who cannot be identified, has formally withdrawn her complaint and that prosecutors are expected to formally enter a 'nolle prosequi' -- a declaration they will no longer proceed with the charges -- in the Brisbane District Court tomorrow.