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Brisbane, Australia.
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Rape charges against Irish nurse in Australia dropped

Anne-Marie O’Loughlin now hopes to return home.
Jun 20th 2011, 1:57 PM 1,452 1

RAPE CHARGES AGAINST an Irish nurse who was living and working in Australia have been dropped and she will return home to Ireland later this week according to her parents.

Anne- Marie O’Loughlin, 26, won a retrial after appealing a conviction of raping another woman in a Brisbane hotel toilet in November 2009.

But now all the charges will be formally dropped in a Brisbane Court tomorrow, RTÉ reports her father Shay as saying.

The Offaly woman was accused of raping a 34-year-old unidentifiable woman who has now reportedly withdrawn her complaint.

O’Loughlin was convicted last December of two counts of rape and of another charge of depriving the liberty of the victim, following an incident at the city’s Caxton Hotel on November 29, 2009.

O’Loughlin was found not guilty of a fourth charge of sexual assault. She was jailed for two-and-a-half years and was due for release next March.

However, the Dublin-born woman recently won a retrial and was released on bail after appealing the conviction.

The Herald Sun reports that the complainant, who is understood to be battling cancer, withdrew the charges in the last few days.

Lawyers for O’Loughlin said the nurse was very keen to return to Ireland, the paper added.

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