The Grandmother of Natasha McShane, the Irish student brutally assaulted in the US, has spoken of her relief that the trial of the man who assaulted her is over .
"I’m just relieved the trial is over to be honest with you for her parents. It’s been a trying two weeks for everyone. What he’s done has had an impact on Natasha for the rest of her life,” she told the RTE news at one.
She said that she has not spoken to Natasha about the verdict, but that she would leave the decision on whether to tell her up to her parents.
“I’ve never mentioned it to her, personally I haven’t. You wouldn’t know what her reaction would be, but it wouldn’t be up to me to discuss it with her anyway, I’d leave that up to her parents.”
Natasha’s grandmother also described at length how academically gifted her was.
“Natasha was always academically brilliant. She worked very hard to get where she got in her education. She was very excited about going (to the U.S), she would have had a brilliant career and future ahead of her. She was just a lovely, lovely person.”
Natasha has made small improvements in her condition, and the family still hasn’t given up hope that she could improve further.
“She has made sought improvements, and you’d be glad of any wee chink of hope, as far as I’m concerned I’ll never give up hope. I’d love some day to be able to have a conversation
“She can repeat a few words, but you can’t really sit down and have a conversation with her which is unusual for Natasha because she was always so bubbly and bright, I used to look forward to her call, hearing all the latest.
“I think she’s pretty well aware of everything that’s going on around her. I never eve give up hope, never do – I’ve a firm belief in the power of prayer.”