According to report in todays Daily Ireland long time associate of Kerry TD Martin Ferris , and infamous informer Sean OCallaghan ended up tied up to a chair after a spot of boozing with 2 men he encountered in a gay bar and invited back for a drink turned ugly .
IRA informer Sean O’Callaghan was tied up by two men he met in a gay pub, and held at knifepoint while they ransacked the house he was meant to be looking after, a court heard yesterday.
The former IRA man had invited the pair back to the home he was looking after for his friend, author Ruth Dudley Edwards, following an evening drinking with them in a nearby gay pub.
OCallaghan claimed he had went to the bar “only because it was the nearest”, which to many would seem difficult to believe but as the man has such a reputation for telling the truth he surely deserves the benefit of the doubt . However one of the burgulars in court tells a different story One of the men, Yousef Samhan (26), was caught by police. He denied robbery, telling the court he had gone back for a bondage session with O’Callaghan, and claiming the IRA man-turned supergrass had asked to be tied up, but he was convicted by the jury.
The report goes on to say
Isleworth Crown Court heard how O’Callaghan, who has published his autobiography The Informer, and has refused to take up a new identity despite being wanted by the IRA, had been house sitting at the property in Pope’s Lane, Ealing, in September last year.
He decided to go to the pub and ended up at gay bar West Five. He invited Samhan and another man back to the house for another drink, but once there they attacked him, said Stephanie Dodd, prosecuting.
She told the court: “Mr O’Callaghan was tied to a red kitchen chair with electrical flex, threatened with a large kitchen knife and watched helplessly as the men ransacked the house and made off with a computer, jewellery, credit cards and cash.”
They were seen leaving on a scooter carrying two large plastic carriers and went on to use the credit cards at two service stations.
Father-of-two Samhan was recognised by police on CCTV and his finger prints were found at the house.
The other man has not been caught.
Samhan eventually gave himself up and was arrested, but he denied taking part in the robbery, saying it must have happened after he left.
When the case came to trial, he told the court he and Callaghan had been involved in a gay bondage session and said that the IRA double killer had asked to be tied up.
However, the jury took less than half an hour to find Samhan, of Newstead Court, Byron Way, Northolt, guilty of robbery on September 6 last year.
He admitted three charges of obtaining goods by deception with the stolen credit cards.
Jailing him for five and a half years, Judge Richard McGregor-Johnson told him he was lucky not to be facing an indeterminate sentence of either life or for public protection.
He said: “You have been convicted of an extremely serious offence and only lately have you admitted the accuracy of the prosecution case and the fact you were guilty of it.
“You were invited to this house by Mr O’Callaghan. You shared a drink together at the pub and at the house, and then you took advantage of him.
“He was knocked to the floor, held, threatened by you at knifepoint and then tied up, and having achieved that, you stole property from the house.
“It is correct that no serious injuries were caused, but it must have been an extremely frightening experience, especially involving the threat of a knife and the fact he was tied up.”
Earlier defence counsel Joanne Cochrane said Samhan had been in custody since his arrest and had taken advantage of various courses and become drug free, adding that all his offending is born of an addiction to hard drugs and alcohol.
Police said that the most upsetting aspect for the home-owner and published author Ruth Dudley Edwards, was the loss of her computer on which she had been working. It was never recovered
This entire episode casts into doubt Mr O'Callaghans repeated descriptions of himself as a hardened and shrewd operator given the foolish nature of a man supposedly under greivious threat to his personal safety compromising himself in this way , by inviting complete strangers he'd encountered in a gay bar back to his home . At best this could be described as ill advised and it surely casts into doubt his position as an advisor to the Ulster Unionist council . OCallaghan himself replaced the Unionists previous choice of advisor from a " republican "background , Vincent McKenna who was later outed as a Walter Mitty who concocted tales of his military exploits as well as being a sexual deviant and convicted paedophile .
Many cynical people will probably cast doubt on Mr O'Callaghans excuse for visiting this homosexual haunt or watering hole , but i wouldnt stoop to it . As someone who outwitted the IRAs internal security for so long Im sure if Mr OCallaghan was being untruthful on this aspect of his story he could come up with a much more plausible lie , so it stands to reason ihis seeminlgly flimsy excuse is actually the truth . I dont believe in the slightest that despite his faults Sean OCallaghan prowls homosexual hang outs and invites young men back to his room for a drink , never mind some light bondage . Its most likely that he was simply being tolerant and its a credit to the man that not only did he not leave his drink on the counter and run for the hills once he found out the bar was for homosexuals he even invited a few back for a drink to prove how confident he was with his sexuality . Thats patently obvious . Sean obviously led a double life for years within the IRA as an informer and to suggest he was leading a triple one would be far too much to believe . Furthermore a man who proudly boasts to his years as a traitor to his country would surely have little difficulty coming out as a gay , an issue that nobody really has a problem with anymore in Ireland .
However it seems his security has been greiviously compromised by this entire incident along with his judgement . While many reacted to his tales of his days as a top professional terrorist operator with sarcasm in the past his woeful judgement in this instance and indeed his seeming inability to even defend himself from, never mind single handedly dispatch, his 2 assailants casts further doubt upon his inside exclusives and intimate knowlege of the IRAs most deadly assassins over the years . An unkind soul might suggest that if 2 homosexuals attempted to tie onesself up a fight to the death would be preferable than the likely repercussions , but obviously not a man like Sean who appears to have given his assailants the benefit of the doubt on this one . Thankfully for sean burglary rather than buggery was the objective and he wasnt subjected to something more nefarious from the 2 miscreants who made their esacape on a mo-ped loaded down with loot from Ruth Dudley Edwards house.