Thursday 23 November 2017

Woman found guilty of rape in hotel toilet

Patricia McDonagh

AN Irish nurse was yesterday found guilty of raping another woman in the toilet of one of Australia's most popular hotels.

Dublin-born Anne-Marie O'Loughlin (25) was convicted of two counts of digital rape and one of the deprivation of liberty of a woman at Caxton Hotel in Brisbane last year.

A 12-man jury at Brisbane District Court found Ms O'Loughlin, who had pleaded not guilty to all charges, not guilty of a fourth charge of sexual assault.

O'Loughlin, who had been working as a registered nurse while in Australia, was remanded in custody and will be sentenced in the New Year.

She had been allowed to stay in Australia on a criminal charge visa while awaiting the trial, and would have returned to Ireland on Monday if she had been acquitted.

The five-day trial heard O'Loughlin digitally raped the 34-year-old Brisbane woman in the female toilets of the Caxton Hotel on November 29, 2009.

The victim, who cannot be named for legal reasons, told the court that although she kissed O'Loughlin in the toilets for up to three minutes, she had not given consent for O'Loughlin to pull up her top and bra and touch her breast.


She conceded under cross-examination that she had not screamed "no" or "don't do that", but said she had not consented to being digitally penetrated by Ms O'Loughlin.

The court also heard evidence from the victim's husband, who said he was extremely upset after his wife emerged from the toilets and told him what had happened.

He called police and tried to detain O'Loughlin outside the hotel.

In a police interview played to the jury, O'Loughlin said she had no memory of kissing the woman but admitted it was possible. She claimed it was not in her nature to force someone to have sex.

But prosecutor Chris Minnery argued that Ms O'Loughlin had lied to police.

He told the jury that DNA found underneath three of the Irishwoman's fingernails linked her to the victim.

Barrister Damian Walsh, for O'Loughlin, said he wanted an adjournment so he could get a psychological report to put before the court.

Judge David Reid agreed a report would be useful and adjourned the trial until next Friday, when a sentence date is likely to be set for the middle of February.

Irish Independent

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