British agent in IRA must pay damage to victim's family, says court order
Published 31/01/2014 | 16:04
A former British army secret agent inside the IRA is to pay damages to the family of a man murdered by the terror grouping.
A High Court order was made against Peter Keeley, who also uses the pseudonym Kevin Fulton, in a lawsuit brought by the mother of victim Eoin Morley.
No hearing of the action has taken place yet.
But the direction on damages was issued against Mr Keeley based on his failure to enter an appearance.
The scale of pay-out he is liable for is expected to be assessed at a later stage.
Eilish Morley is also suing the Ministry of Defence and Chief Constable of the PSNI as part of the same case.
Her son Eoin was killed by the IRA on Easter Sunday 1990.
Masked men dragged him from his girlfriend's house in the Derrybeg estate, Newry and shot him twice.
He had been a member of the Irish People's Liberation Organisation (IPLO), a splinter republican paramilitary organisation.
A subsequent investigation by former Police Ombudsman Nuala O'Loan concluded that the RUC failed to properly investigate Morley's killing.
However, she also found there had been no effort by police to instigate a feud between the IRA and IPLO.
Mr Keeley is believed to have already infiltrated the Provisionals on behalf of MI5 at the time of the murder.
The order against him was drawn up at the High Court in Belfast last week.
It states: "No appearance having been entered by the second defendant (Keeley) herein.
"It is this day adjudged that the Second defendant do pay the plaintiff damages to be assessed with costs."
A hearing of the claim against the MoD and PSNI will take place at a later date.