Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 27 August 2014

Ex-sister-in-law of Gerry Adams tells court she feared police would turn her into informer

Liam Adams, brother of Sinn Fein President Gerry, arrives at Belfast Laganside Court
Liam Adams, brother of Sinn Fein President Gerry, arrives at Belfast Laganside Court

A former sister-in-law of Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams told a court how she feared police were trying to turn her into an informer.

Sarah Campbell (57) was giving evidence today at the trial of her ex-husband Liam Adams, who is accused of raping and sexually abusing their daughter Aine from the age of four.

The mother-of-five said she was quizzed about paramilitary activity and associates of Liam Adams when she first reported the alleged abuse in 1987.

She added: "I felt that I was getting made a police tout for intelligence. That they were not pursuing what Liam Adams had done to my daughter. That it was not about Aine any more and that they were trying to get things out of me that were not about my daughter."

Liam Adams (57) from Bernagh Drive in west Belfast is accused of 10 counts of child sex abuse including rape, indecent assault and gross indecency between 1977 and 1983. He denies all the charges against him.

Mrs Campbell, who split from Liam Adams during the early 1980s and later re-married, said she never disclosed any information that was not related to her daughter's case. She refused to answer intelligence-gathering questions that were put to her by male police officers.

The jury of six men and six women also heard that shortly after the alleged crimes were reported to the RUC in January 1987 a young female social worker visited Mrs Campbell's home in New Barnsley with a message that police wanted to meet her in Belfast city centre.

She said the social worker advised her not to meet the police. "I said 'why, why would I meet them?' But thoughts were going through my head. I knew exactly why," she said.

Afterwards, Mrs Campbell decided not to proceed with the case against Liam Adams.

"After the lady social worker came out I had no doubt I had to cut off contact with the police for my own safety," she told Belfast Laganside Court.

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