Alleged IRA man who raped two teen boys jailed for seven years
An alleged IRA man who raped two teenage boys at a "republican safe house" two decades ago has been jailed for seven years.
Mr Justice Paul McDermott said that Belfast man Seamus Marley (45) used his standing in the republican movement to silence the victims.
Marley, with an address at Belfield Court, Stillorgan Road, Dublin, had pleaded not guilty at the Central Criminal Court to charges of sexually assaulting and anally raping two boys in Co Louth on dates in the early 1990s.
After a six-day trial, the jury returned unanimous guilty verdicts on a total of six counts of sexual assault and two counts of rape.
Yesterday, Mr Justice Paul McDermott sentenced Marley to seven years' imprisonment for raping the younger victim and six years' imprisonment for raping the older victim.
The sentences will run concurrently. Mr Justice McDermott also ordered that Marley make no attempt to directly or indirectly contact the victims or their families. He said there were no grounds for suspending any part of the sentence.
He said the case was aggravated by Marley having committed the offences on two teenagers. He said Marley used his standing in the republican movement, a movement he said was "well capable of clandestine killings", to silence the victims.
The judge said the offences were mitigated by Marley's lack of previous convictions, the trauma of his father's murder, his living half his life since the offences in a positive way and in "Christian commitment", and his engaging in charitable work in Ireland and abroad.
But he said Marley has made no attempts to self-rehabilitate in relation to these offences and that the significant mitigation of a guilty plea and a sincere expression of remorse were unavailable to him.
During the trial, Patrick Gageby SC, prosecuting, told the jury that the two complainants lived in a large home owned by a "dedicated republican" and that it began to be used as a "safe house".
At a sentence hearing on Monday, Detective Garda Seamus Nolan told Mr Gageby that Marley was one of these guests in the early 1990s and that he was welcomed into the family.
The older of the victims said that he woke up one night to find Marley groping his genitals. He woke up another night to find Marley raping him.
After the incident Marley warned him off telling anyone and said he "could be found dead on a Border road".
The younger victim was given alcohol by Marley and was groped or masturbated by him on three or four occasions. Counsel said that the victim was later raped by Marley.
Marley had no previous convictions. The court heard that his father was murdered by loyalist paramilitaries.