Aid Group Says ‘kangaroo Courts’ Still Used In The North


The head of a women’s aid group in Derry claims ‘kangaroo courts’ are still used to deal with domestic and sexual violence in some communities of Northern Ireland.

Marie Browne was speaking after a 40-year-old Louth man spoke out last night about his alleged rape by an IRA member in the 1990s – and how he had to face an IRA court in 2002.

Paudie McGahon has said he was inspired by the decision of Mairia Cahill to tell her story last year.

Marie Browne is the Director of Foyle Women’s Aid. She says the courts do no good for victims.

“I do think there’s still an active part of getting involved in domestic and sexual violence in communities in the North” she said.

“I don’t know what’s happening in the south – but I can say it’s raw and it’s not within the interests of any victim for that to happen”.

“They should have proper services and be free to come forward to proper services” she added.

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