Martina Devlin: A vile abuser enjoys freedom while Fiona remains jailed in private hell
Published 24/01/2013 | 05:00
A CONVICTED serial sex offender is walking the streets. He is free to make his way to a playground, to watch children on the slide and on the climbing frame – perhaps strike up a conversation with them if he chooses.
This has happened because old battles between a trial judge and a higher court influenced sentencing. So much for Lady Justice's blindfold.
Patrick O'Brien pleaded guilty to the repeated rape of his daughter over a 10-year period and was sentenced to prison. Astonishingly, he remains a free man pending an appeal. No wonder there is public unease, mirrored by disquiet in the political class, about this case.