On Wednesday 5th December, the British Army’s top informer within the Provisional IRA, Freddie Scappaticci (Codename Stakeknife), pleaded guilty to two counts of possessing extreme pornography contrary to Section 63 of the Criminal Justice and Immigration Act 2008. The charges relate to the period between November 2015 to January 2018. He was sentenced to 3 months in custody, suspended for 12 months.
Out of the 329 extreme pornographic images found on Scapaticci’s computer, none involved children but did include bestiality. This allegedly represented a fall from grace for the British Army’s so called “Golden Egg” according to the judge, who in contravention of all the evidence, saw a prior 50 years of good character in the defendant. Incidentally, given the bestiality angle to some his fap collection, it appears the “Golden Egg” moniker foreshadowed something sinister, given animal cavities are indeed where he dreams to lodge.
It is worth noting that his predilections in this area appear to have been known for a while (1). It is alleged he was caught spying through cracks into a women’s changing room at a venue that was hosting a PIRA Belfast Brigade meeting. This should have raised alarm bells for his superiors in PIRA, given evidence of sexual ‘misdemeanours’ were often sought by the security services to identify those more susceptible to becoming informers.
A full list of section 63 is given below. One of the worrying classes of extreme image are those pertaining to violence. Stakeknife was ‘torturer in chief’ for the PIRA security department, known colloquially as the Nutting Squad, and amongst other duties was tasked with finding informers. In this role he had free reign to inflict extreme violence on those he was interrogating, And once a confession was obtained, the Army Council (PIRA) gave the sentence of death. In this way the killing of eighteen people was directly linked to him, although this seems somewhat of an underestimate too given his longevity in the role, and the 70 or so killings carried out by this department.
Not all of Scapaticci’s victims were ‘guilty’ of informing, and he used the role's lack of oversight to obscure any evidence of the security services/military penetration of PIRA that could implicate him. Were any of these poor wretches left alone with him, either alive or dead? Did Scap get a sexual thrill from what he was doing in these interrogations. And so, was creating his disgusting library of 329 images of human debasement evidence of him trying to access his glory days vicariously?
To do cruel things others, most need to frame their actions within ideological expedience and/or ‘dehumanising’ their victims. Scap would have had none of that psychological protection with those he knew were innocent or were previously friends and neighbours of his (Anthony McKeirnan, Vincent Robinson), so was he instead fuelled by a need for sexual gratification that allowed him to power through trauma inducing scenarios?
63 Possession of extreme pornographic images (2)
(1) It is an offence for a person to be in possession of an extreme pornographic image.
(2) An “extreme pornographic image” is an image which is both :
(b)an extreme image.
(3) An image is “pornographic” if it is of such a nature that it must reasonably be assumed to have been produced solely or principally for the purpose of sexual arousal.
(4) Where (as found in the person's possession) an image forms part of a series of images, the question whether the image is of such a nature as is mentioned in subsection (3) is to be determined by reference to
(a) the image itself, and
(b)(if the series of images is such as to be capable of providing a context for the image) the context in which it occurs in the series of images.
(5) So, for example, where
(a) an image forms an integral part of a narrative constituted by a series of images, and
(b) having regard to those images as a whole, they are not of such a nature that they must reasonably be assumed to have been produced solely or principally for the purpose of sexual arousal,
the image may, by virtue of being part of that narrative, be found not to be pornographic, even though it might have been found to be pornographic if taken by itself.
[F1(5A) In relation to possession of an image in England and Wales, an “extreme image” is an image which—
(a) falls within subsection (7) or (7A), and
(b) is grossly offensive, disgusting or otherwise of an obscene character.]
(6)[F2 In relation to possession of an image in Northern Ireland, an] “extreme image” is an image which
(a)falls within subsection (7) [F3 or (7A)] , and
(b)is grossly offensive, disgusting or otherwise of an obscene character.
(7) An image falls within this subsection if it portrays, in an explicit and realistic way, any of the following
(a) an act which threatens a person's life,
(b) an act which results, or is likely to result, in serious injury to a person's anus, breasts or genitals,
(c) an act which involves sexual interference with a human corpse, or
(d) a person performing an act of intercourse or oral sex with an animal (whether dead or alive),
and a reasonable person looking at the image would think that any such person or animal was real.
[F4(7A )An image falls within this subsection if it portrays, in an explicit and realistic way, either of the following
(a) an act which involves the non-consensual penetration of a person's vagina, anus or mouth by another with the other person's penis, or
(b) an act which involves the non-consensual sexual penetration of a person's vagina or anus by another with a part of the other person's body or anything else,
and a reasonable person looking at the image would think that the persons were real.
(7B) For the purposes of subsection (7A)
(a) penetration is a continuing act from entry to withdrawal;
(b) “vagina” includes vulva.]
(8) In this section “image” means
(a) a moving or still image (produced by any means); or
(b)data (stored by any means) which is capable of conversion into an image within paragraph (a).
(9) In this section references to a part of the body include references to a part surgically constructed (in particular through gender reassignment surgery).
(10) Proceedings for an offence under this section may not be instituted
(a) in England and Wales, except by or with the consent of the Director of Public Prosecutions; or
(b) in Northern Ireland, except by or with the consent of the Director of Public Prosecutions for Northern Ireland.
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