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Thursday 14 December 2017

'I just feel so let down', says Anthony's mum

THE mother of innocent plumber Anthony Campbell, who was gunned down by the mob that killed gangland boss Marlo Hyland, has said she fears her son's murder has been forgotten.

Christine Campbell said she feels she has been "left out in the cold" as the years have passed with no justice for her son.

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

He was carrying out work in a Finglas property owned by the a relative of Hyland.

He was unaware the gang boss was using it as a safe house and was asleep 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.

More than eight years have passed since Anthony's murder and Christine fears his killers will never be brought to justice.

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

"I haven't had a phone call off anybody in two-and-a-half years," she told RTE radio's John Murray.

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

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"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.

"I feel like I've been left out in the cold. I feel Anthony hasn't been left to rest because I haven't got justice for him. 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."

Murray asked her what was said to her the last time she rang two-and-a-half years ago.

"They said, 'It looks like it's turning into a cold case'. I won't even tell you what I was thinking. 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 murder, which she feels has been "forgotten about".

Christine, who now lives in Leeds and is married, said she believes her son brought her new man into her life.

"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," she said.

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

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

She added that she does not feel anything for people involved in gangland crime.

"I don't give them a thought because my child was too precious. The memories of him, they're the best memories I've ever had in my life. God forgive them for what they've done."

kfoy@herald.ie

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