A NURSE who was violently sexually assaulted by the son of a prominent politician has told that a court she has become a "ghost" of her former self.
The woman was giving evidence in the Central Criminal Court at the sentence hearing of 25-year-old Brian Maher.
Maher, of Clostoken, Loughrea, Co Galway, had pleaded guilty to aggravated sexual assault and assault causing harm to the woman, in Bohermore, Galway City, on October 16, 2010.
Maher is the son of Fine Gael Councillor Michael Maher.
In her victim impact statement, the victim said it was "impossible to completely articulate" the impact of her ordeal, and she has suffered "physically and emotionally".
"I will never forgive Brian Maher for hurting me and for causing my family so much pain and anguish," she said.
"I've become a person I don't know any more. My life has changed forever," she said.