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'Stakeknife' accused Scappaticci pleads guilty to having extreme porn

Freddie Scappaticci, the man widely named as the Army's IRA informer 'Stakeknife', has pleaded guilty at Westminster Magistrates' Court to two charges of possessing extreme pornographic images.

Scappaticci, 72, appeared briefly before magistrates in central London to admit the charges.

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 court heard the charges related to at least 329 images, including those involving animals. There were no images involving children.

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

Scappaticci was convicted after material was seized as part of Operation Kenova.

Chief Constable Jon Boutcher, who leads the investigation for Operation Kenova, said: “Today’s conviction came about as a result of material recovered during a search conducted by the Kenova team. This result is an indication that wherever criminal behaviour is identified during my investigation, evidence will be presented for the purposes of prosecution.

“Operation Kenova continues to recover evidence in relation to our core terms of reference and as and when it is appropriate to speak further, I will do so.

“I would encourage anyone who might be able to assist with this important inquiry to please contact my team via the details on the Kenova website, or by calling Crimestoppers.”

Scappaticci has always strongly denied claims that he is Stakeknife, a high-ranking military mole who reputedly led the republican organisation's "nutting squad", an internal security unit which interrogated and murdered suspected spies during the Northern Ireland conflict.

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