I’ll help put mum in jail for what she did to Fiona, says sister

Fiona Doyle with sister Laura
Fiona Doyle with sister Laura

THE SISTER of child rape victim Fiona Doyle has vowed to help gardai nail their mother for alleged complicity in Fiona’s abuse.

Pensioner Breda O’Brien was quizzed by Gardai at Shankill Garda station last month about her alleged role in facilitating her husband Patrick O’Brien’s rape and abuse of Fiona over a decade-long period, beginning when she was just seven.

The Sunday World has learned that Breda denied all knowledge of the horrific rapes, but officers now hope to question Fiona’s siblings in order to build their case against the 69-year-old.

And Fiona’s younger sister Laura Devlin – who lives in Derby in the U.K. – has now vowed to travel to Dublin to give a damning statement against Breda that she hopes will result in the pensioner being jailed.

“She has to pay for what she did to Fiona,” Laura (45), told the Sunday World.

Breda and Patrick O'Brien

“I am going to give a statement and tell the gardai everything I know about her.

“There are things I don’t remember, but I do have very clear memories of my mother calling Fiona a whore and also of her accusing her of being the woman in the middle of their marriage.

“As a child, I didn’t know what that meant. But, of course, I understand what it meant now. I am 100 per cent in my mind that my mother knew what was going on in that house.

“And I know there are others who know it as well. I do believe my mother belongs in jail… I believe that 100 per cent. Too much has been brushed under the carpet over the years. I’m a mother myself now with three daughters and to think that anyone would treat their little girl like that is beyond words.

“And, afterwards, to turn her siblings against her in a bid to keep it a secret, it’s just shocking.”

Breda’s arrest last month followed a relaunch of the investigation to determine what role, if any, she played in the abuse.

Patrick O’Brien pleaded guilty at the Central Criminal Court to 16 charges of raping and indecently assaulting Fiona at her home in Dun Laoghaire from 1973 to 1982.

He was initially sentenced to 12 years with nine suspended, but was then granted bail by Mr Justice Paul Carney on the basis that the case was fit for appeal.

A public outcry followed and he was placed in custody. An appeal saw the sentence tripled.

Fiona has always insisted that her mother knew of the abuse and that her mum regularly called her “your father’s whore”.

This week Fiona told the Sunday World she is ready for a lengthy wait before learning whether her mother will be charged.

“I have been told that this will be a lengthy process and that the file will not be sent to the DPP until well after the summer.

“A direction from the DPP on whether she will be charged could be months away – possibly not until early next year.

“But I have waited a long time for justice and I won’t give up.”