A young female Irish nurse has been jailed for 2½ years for raping a woman in the toilets of an inner-Brisbane city hotel more than two-years ago. Brisbane District Court judge David Reid said a "cavalier attitude'' and regular excessive consumption of alcohol had been the reason why Anne-Marie O'Loughlin had acted entirely out of character when she raped her 32-year-old mother-of-two victim.
O'Loughlin, 25, who was in Australia on a working holiday, was found guilty by a Brisbane late last year on two counts of digital rape and one of deprivation of liberty at the Caxton Hotel, near the CBD, on November 29 last year. O'Loughlin, who pleaded not guilty to four charges, was found not guilty of a charge of sexual assault. Judge Reid was told O'Loughlin, who wept during the sentencing hearing, was likely to be deported to Ireland upon her release from jail.
Judge Reid, who described O'Loughlin's attack as one of "persistent sexual aggression'', recommended the nurse be eligible for parole on the day of her 27th birthday - March 3 next year. At her trial, the jury was told O'Loughlin first kissed her alleged victim, who kissed back in a bid to get past her and out of the toilet cubicle.
O'Loughlin then put her hand down the woman's jeans, which were open as a result of going to the toilet, and raped her by inserting a finger into her genitals and anus. The victim tried to say something to a person in a neighbouring cubicle who was then heard to say "I'm getting security'' and that O'Loughlin then left. The victim was able to indentify Ms O'Loughlin because she left her purse, containing identification, in the toilet after the attack.
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