Belfast Telegraph

Rape case nurse set to walk free

An Irish nurse convicted of raping another woman in Australia is expected to walk free after the charges were withdrawn.

Anne-Marie O'Loughlin has told her father that the complainant has formally withdrawn all charges against her.

Shay O'Loughlin hopes his daughter will be back on home soil within the next two weeks once the case is struck out at Brisbane District Court on Tuesday.

Prosecutors are expected to formally enter a nolle prosequi - which means not to continue with the case.

Mr O'Loughlin said: "The solicitor rang my daughter and she rang me at ten to midnight last night and said that the person had dropped the charges.

"It will be confirmed tomorrow in the court. Then she can get her passport back and book her flights. We are very relieved. It's wonderful. She was quite emotional but delighted."

Ms O'Loughlin, 26, from Fran in Edenderry, Co Offaly, went to Brisbane in 2008 and worked as a nurse at the Mater Hospital.

After a 10-day trial she was convicted of two counts of digital rape and one of deprivation of liberty at the Caxton Hotel, Brisbane on November 29, 2009.

She was jailed for two-and-a-half years but granted conditional bail earlier this month after Queensland's court of appeal unanimously ordered a new trial.

Mr O'Loughlin, who has supported his daughter throughout the case, said they had been quietly confident the nurse could be cleared at a retrial after hiring a new legal team. He said his daughter will be home as soon as she settles her affairs.

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