A pervert City Hall security guard has managed to hold onto his taxpayer-funded job despite being convicted of using government cameras to spy on couples having sex in a nearby hotel.
Terry Marmion is still on the payroll of Belfast City Council three weeks after a magistrate sentenced him to two years probation for voyeurism.
But the 46-year-old, who has been suspended on full pay since September last year, is not the only member of City Hall staff to have kept their job after being convicted of a serious crime.
A Sunday Life investigation can reveal how a drug dealer, fraudster and sex attacker are all still working for the council and being paid from the public purse.
Road sweeper William Courtney pleaded guilty to being part of a drug dealing network in June and was put on probation for two years. Yet, the 44-year-old can still be seen brushing the streets around the Shankill area.
Also working as a council road cleaner is former City Hall security guard and fraudster Eamonn O'Neill (50), who was given a suspended prison sentence for stealing £10,000 from a credit union.
So too is disgraced ex-cop Martin Kift, who was jailed for three years for forcing a grieving mother to look at photographs of her teenage son taken moments after he took his own life.
The 60-year-old, who drives a council street sweeping van, was also convicted of nine counts of indecent assault, GBH and perverting the course of justice.
Sunday Life revelations about how all four have managed to keep their ratepayer-funded jobs are now the subject of a major internal council probe.
A politician who asked not to be named in case it affected future disciplinary proceedings said: "This is absolutely unbelievable and totally disgraceful that public money is funding the wages of criminals.
"How a convicted sex offender, drug dealer, fraudster and pervert were able to hang onto their jobs is crazy. It needs to be fully investigated and the necessary action taken."
A spokeswoman for Belfast City Council said it has agreed procedures for dealing with employees convicted of offences whilst in employment, and procedures for those applying for employment with unspent convictions.
She added: "A failure to declare an unspent conviction will be treated as voiding any contract of employment. Convictions whilst in employment do not automatically lead to an employee being dismissed.
"Demotion and transfer to alternative roles may be options depending upon the circumstances and nature of the offences. We are unable to comment on individual cases."
The case of pervert security guard Terry Marmion is just the latest example of how being convicted of a serious crime does not merit a council job dismissal. As well as being sentenced to two years probation, the creep was placed on the sex offenders' register for five years.
At Belfast Magistrates Court last month, he admitted a single charge of voyeurism after a relative found a 10-minute recording on his computer of a couple having sex in Ten Square Hotel.
Marmion, whose job it was to monitor CCTV cameras covering the nearby City Hall, insisted he had made the video using his phone. He has been suspended on full pay since the matter came to light in September 2019 and remains employed by the council despite being convicted 23 days ago.
The pervert's treatment by council chiefs has caused fury among fellow workers, with one telling us: "We used to call him 'Peeping Terry' because he was quite open about spying on members of the public, particularly those having sex in the hotel."
Our source provided us with screenshots of WhatsApp group chats in which Marmion posted images of unsuspecting members of the public taken from City Hall security cameras as proof of his creepiness.
The insider added: "When Terry worked at the old digital services building on Gloucester Street, he used expensive binoculars to spy on people living in Victoria Square apartments. Other staff knew about this but nothing was done.
"On the night he filmed the couple having sex in Ten Square Hotel, he was working in the 'bunker' at City Hall, the underground CCTV control room that has no windows.
"He used a camera at the rear of the City Hall to peep into the hotel room and then went on to record them having sex. He said he did this directly with his phone and didn't use the CCTV system, but no one believes him."
After being charged, Marmion had to leave his home. He was also suspended on full pay. But his shame did not extend to avoiding work colleagues, as the pervert would regularly show up at the back of the City Hall to try and talk to horrified security staff.
Our source revealed: "It's a disgrace that whilst council staff were working during the pandemic and another 308 were furloughed, Terry was sitting at home getting his full wage.
"Taxpayers have been footing the bill for a suspension with full pay lasting over a year, while people are losing their jobs because of Covid-19 and he is sitting at home lapping it up.
"Terry still comes down to the City Hall back gate and stands around for a while like old times, carrying on like he is having the time of his life."
Marmion has also boasted of being promised a job in the council cleansing department once the furore over his voyeurism conviction passes.
He has been claiming if that does not happen, he will get a golden handshake and be allowed to resign with a bumper pay-off.
"Terry says that's what happened to City Hall security guard Eamonn O'Neill, who was convicted of stealing £10,000 from a credit union," explained our source.
"Instead of being sacked from his council job, he was moved to the cleansing department. Terry reckons if that was good enough for Eamonn, it's good enough for him."
When Marmion was convicted of voyeurism in court last month, he blamed his sinister behaviour on marriage difficulties.
His solicitor said: "He told police that he didn't know what possessed him when he made that recording, but he denied it was for sexual gratification and was simply out of curiosity.
"He stated that he was going through marriage difficulties at the time and was happy to see there were others who still enjoyed some intimacy.
"He stated that he had come across this sort of thing before."
Eamonn O'Neill: The City Hall security guard was convicted in 2012 of stealing £10,000 from a credit union of which he was a director.
O'Neill had an 18-month prison sentence suspended for two years after pleading guilty to using the cash to buy Christmas presents and pay his mortgage.
Rather than be sacked, the 50-year-old was moved to a new council job in the cleansing department. This was despite Judge Gordon Kerr saying he had "betrayed the trust of his colleagues".
O'Neill had a key to the safe of the ABC credit union on the Crumlin Road in north Belfast and took £10,000 on three different dates.
Images obtained by Sunday Life show him recently power-washing the grounds of the City Hall.
William Courtney: The council road sweeper was put on probation for two years in June for his role in a UDA-linked drug supply network busted by officers from the Paramilitary Crime Taskforce.
Courtney allowed drugs to be delivered to his Glencairn Way home which were then collected by other members of the crime gang for sale on the streets. In return he was paid strips of diazepam.
During the court proceedings it was revealed that the 45-year-old has a previous conviction for deception.
Despite pleading guilty to drug dealing Courtney was able to keep his job with the City Hall cleansing department. He can still be seen brushing the streets around the city.
Martin Kift: The disgraced ex-police officer was jailed for three years in 2006 for indecently assaulting a woman on nine occasions between 2002 and 2004.
Kift was also found guilty of inflicting GBH on his victim, perverting the course of justice and of causing psychological trauma.
The latter conviction was in relation to the 60-year-old pervert forcing her to look at images of her dead teenage son taken minutes after he died via suicide.
After being freed from prison shamed Kift was able to get a job with Belfast City Council despite being on the sex offenders' register. He is often seen driving a street cleaning vehicle at night through the city.
Mr Justice Higgins, the judge who caged Kift, called the bully's behaviour "outrageous and totally insensitive".