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Friday 27 April 2018

'I fear my son's killers will never be caught after garda's death' - mum

Innocent murder victim Anthony Campbell with his mum Christine
Innocent murder victim Anthony Campbell with his mum Christine

The mother of innocent plumber Anthony Campbell, who was shot dead in the house where crime kingpin Marlo Hyland was murdered in 2006, has said she thinks she will never see justice for her son.

Christine Campbell was speaking as she paid tribute to Detective Superintendent Colm Fox who was laid to rest yesterday after taking his own life in Ballymun Garda Station on Saturday night.

"After 11 years I don't think I will ever get justice," she told the Herald. "I will fight for it like I always have, but I don't think it will ever happen."

Despite extensive investigations, nobody has ever been charged with the murders of Anthony and Hyland.

Christine said she was shocked and saddened to learn of Det Supt Fox's death, and added that whoever took his place would have "big shoes to fill".

Calculated

She said he worked tirelessly on the murder case of young Anthony, who was shot because Hyland's killers feared he would be able to identify them.

The hit team had gone to a house in Scribblestown Park, Finglas, on December 12, 2006, where they knew drug boss Hyland was in hiding.

But they did not know that the owner of the house was getting some plumbing work done.

The plumber had dropped apprentice Anthony off and gone to get supplies, but while he was gone the killers arrived.

In a cold and calculated move, they killed both Hyland and Anthony.

Ever since that day Christine has campaigned for justice for her son, but in the 11 years since the murders nobody has been convicted.

"Colm would ring me to update me on the investigation, even if there wasn't anything new to report. He was good like that," said Christine from her home in the UK where she has since built a new life.

"He was a very professional man, but he had empathy too. He was a nice guy and I had confidence in him.

"Colm was considerate, a lovely man, he knew how to comfort you," she added.

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