Sunday 27 May 2018

Anthony Campbell's mother: 'I haven't got justice for him and as a mum that's the last one thing I can do for him'

Christine Campbell with her son Anthony
Christine Campbell with her son Anthony
Anthony Campbell
Innocent: Plumber Anthony Campbell was in the wrong place at the wrong time
Christine Campbell leaving Dublin County Coroner's Court yesterday
Christine Campbell

The mother of innocent gangland victim Anthony Campbell says her son's murder has been "forgotten" and gardai haven't phoned her in two-and-a-half years.

Speaking on RTE Radio's John Murray programme earlier today, Christine, who is now living in Leeds, said the last time she phoned gardai, she was told they were treating her son's murder as a "cold case".

She also told listeners that she feels her son won't be able to rest in peace unless he gets justice.

Plumbing apprentice Anthony Campbell was only 20 when he was shot dead by a gangland hit squad sent to kill Marlo Hyland on December 12, 2006.

The apprentice was carrying out work in a Finglas property at the time, owned by the niece of Hyland, and was unaware Hyland was using it as a safe-house and sleeping upstairs.

After killing Hyland, the gang turned their gun on Anthony because he was a potential witness.

He was shot dead in a downstairs room while trying to cover his head with his hands.

"When the case first started, all the detectives were absolutely lovely. And they've all retired.

"And then a new one comes in. I haven't had a phone call off anybody in two-and-a-half years.

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"I used to do all the ringing up and they'd say 'we've no news for you'.

"It was always me doing the ringing and in the end, I just thought 'if they want me, they're going to have to ring me'.

"I haven't even received a call.

"Even if they just said 'Christine, there's no update', it kind of makes you feel they're doing something.

"But the previous ones, they've all retired.

"I feel like I've been left out in the cold," she said.

"I feel he hasn't been left to rest because I haven't got justice for him and as a mum I feel that's the last one thing I can do for him.

"I feel I'm up against a brick wall. Because there were 21 arrests and nobody was charged.

"I just feel let down, very let down. I just feel he deserves justice."

When John Murray asked her what was said to her the last time she rang two-and-a-half years ago, she replied: 'It looks like it's turning into a cold case'.

"I won't even tell you what I was thinking in my head. It's not a cold case to me, it's very much alive to me," she said.

Christine said she would like to meet Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald to discuss her son's case which she feels he's been "forgotten about".

"When I look into the future, the one last thing I can give him, I feel as a mum, I really want justice for him. I didn't fail him in any way, shape or form, but I feel I will have failed him if I don't get him justice."

During the interview, she also told John that she is now married and feels her son brought this new man into her life.

Explaining why she is now living in Leeds, she added: "I actually met someone from the UK and I've just been fortunate enough to meet him, I've married him and I'm as happy as Larry with him.

"I really feel that Anthony sent him to me if that makes sense but it makes sense to me," she added.

She said she often wonders what her son would be like now if he had lived, whether she would be a grandmother and if he would have started up his own plumbing business.

She also said that she doesn't feel anything for people involved in gangland crime.

"I don't give them a thought because my child was too precious. They're the best memories I've ever had in my life.

"God forgive them for what they've done to my life.​"

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