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Lawyer-less rapist battles sex order

By Michael Donnelly

Published 05/06/2015

Notorious: Foley yesterday
Notorious: Foley yesterday

Notorious rapist Eamon Foley has been freed on continuing bail to find himself a new lawyer within a fortnight, after accusing his former solicitor of engaging in a vendetta of harassment.

Foley (55), of Drennan Road, Castlederg, was to be formally arraigned before Dungannon Crown Court for failing to keep the authorities informed about his details as required under the Sex Offenders' Register.

The order was imposed when Foley was jailed for 16 years for the rape in 1999 of 91-year-old Mary-Anne McLaughlin at her home on the outskirts of Castlederg. She died several weeks later.

He served only half of the term and was released in January 2008. Police claim that Foley has repeatedly failed to comply with the order.

Foley maintains that he does not have to as the legislation only came into force long after he was sentenced.

Earlier his former solicitor, Colin O'Kane, asked Her Honour Judge McReynolds to allow him to come off record, initially because of the current legal fees dispute, but more importantly because Foley had lost all faith in him "if he ever had any".

The solicitor added that Foley had accused him of being involved in "a vendetta... a conspiracy against him with the police, the prosecution and the media".

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