IRA ‘agent’ in court over pornog­ra­phy

Western Daily Press - - Uk & World News -

A MAN widely named as the Army’s no­to­ri­ous IRA agent Stakeknife has avoided prison after ad­mit­ting two counts of pos­sess­ing ex­treme pornog­ra­phy.

Fred­die Scap­pat­icci, 72, ap­peared briefly be­fore West­min­ster mag­is­trates in cen­tral Lon­don to ad­mit the charges, which re­lated to at least 329 im­ages, in­clud­ing those in­volv­ing an­i­mals.

Wear­ing a blue fleece and green track­suit bot­toms, Scap­pat­icci spoke with an Ir­ish ac­cent to en­ter his pleas to the charges.

Chief mag­is­trate Emma Ar­buth­not sen­tenced Scap­pat­icci to three months in cus­tody, sus­pended for 12 months.

The mag­is­trate said: “You have not been be­fore the court for 50 years - and that’s good char­ac­ter in my book.

“I can see you are not a well man at all - you have very se­ri­ous health is­sues - and that you live a lonely life.”

Scap­pat­icci has al­ways strongly de­nied claims that he is Stakeknife, a high-rank­ing mil­i­tary mole who re­put­edly led the repub­li­can or­gan­i­sa­tion’s “nut­ting squad”, which in­ter­ro­gated and mur­dered sus­pected spies.

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