The guy pleaded guilty. The full facts would be known in advance of the character reference. It’s Harte’s role in that instance to make a decision of conscience whether or not he should provide a character reference with a view to helping to minimise the sentence the guy would get. In this case it worked, the judge referenced the character reference as one of the mitigating factors for giving a lenient sentence.
There is no mystery here, it was a disgusting act in the first place and Harte’s involvement in the case sickened me. As I said he chose loyalty to a rapist over empathy to a young woman who was attacked, bizarre.
Speaking after their mother’s abuser was jailed, two of her children said their family hoped to “piece our lives back together again”.
"We are so proud of mummy for making the decision to take this on, not just for herself but also to protect other females.
“We are disappointed by Mickey Harte’s involvement and we would like to be left alone now to nurse mummy back to good health, physically and mentally.”
But he’s a great man really is Mickey.