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Model niamh's life back on track as brutal sex attacker is locked up

FORMER model Niamh Walsh has revealed that she's finally got her life back after seeing her violent attacker jailed.

The 27-year-old told the Herald that she couldn't be happier that the "evil" sex offender who attacked her at a London train station has been jailed for five and a half years.

Brave Niamh, nicknamed 'Nemo', admitted she "has gone through hell" over the past year as a result of the traumatic incident, which occurred in October 2011.

"I'm relieved to have my life back. At the start, my whole body just shut down, I was in a body I didn't know. It wasted eight months of my life," she said.

Niamh had her blouse ripped open and bra bitten through as Paul Douglas (42), of Walthamstow, London, left her with 28 bruises and several bites after robbing her. He was handed the jail sentence last month.

Niamh was waiting for a train at 2am when she was pinned under a bench and assaulted.

She eventually fought off Douglas, who at the time was living in a hostel, over the head with her BlackBerry mobile phone.

"I'm back to being me and I've no worries," Niamh said.

"He apologised to me face-to-face in court on the first day when he pleaded guilty, but I couldn't say anything, I just sat there.

"My friends were amazingly supportive, I've moved on and the main thing is he's off the streets and where he belongs."

labutler@herald.ie