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Stakeknife's wife passes away after short illness

The wife of Freddie Scappaticci, the alleged spy, has passed away after a short illness
The wife of Freddie Scappaticci, the alleged spy, has passed away after a short illness

By Staff Reporter

The wife of Freddie Scappaticci, the alleged spy, has passed away after a short illness.

Sheila Cunningham, who was in her early 70s, was from the Markets area of Belfast.

It is understood she passed away on Wednesday night.

Locals described her as "a devout Catholic" who was "very religious".

Funeral arrangements were still being confirmed yesterday.

Mr Scappaticci was the grandson of an Italian immigrant who came to Northern Ireland in search of work.

He is alleged to have been the most high-ranking British agent within the Provisional IRA, and was given the codename Stakeknife.

He has admitted to being a republican but denied claims that he was an IRA informer.

It is alleged that he led the IRA's internal security unit, known as 'the nutting squad', which was responsible for identifying and interrogating suspected informers.

Mr Scappaticci left Northern Ireland after being identified by the media as Stakeknife in 2003.

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