MURDER VICTIM’S FAMILY TO SUE THE CHIEF CONSTABLE
‘We hope this will bring some sort of closure – Margaret Campbell.
THE widow of a factory worker murdered by loyalists more than 40 years ago is to sue the chief constable and the Ministry of Defence (MoD).
Margaret Campbell alleges the police and British army along with the UDR colluded to protect the UVF gunman who shot her husband Patrick Campbell at their home in 1973. No-one has ever been convicted of the sectarian cold blooded murder, which is belived to have been carried out by the notorious Glenanne gang – a loyalist Mid-Ulster murder squad who, legal representives of the family claim, was linked directly and indirectly with the so-called security forces. “We hope this will bring some sort of closure,” Mrs Campbell said. “We’ve nothing to lose. If my husband’s death had been investigated at the time there might have been other lives saved.” Patrick Campbell, a father of three, was gunned down and murdered at his home on Cline Walk, Banbridge, Co Down on October 29 1973. His wife and 10-year-old daughter, Donna, narrowly escaped injury after a burst of gunfire was aimed down the hallway. Mrs Campbell, who choked back tears as she re-lived the harrowing moment, said: “It never leaves you and never will. When the guns went off my legs collapsed. I crawled up against a radiator and Pat came down on top of me. “The bullets blew a hole in [Donna’s] bedroom door and they were embedded in the headboard of her bed. If she had got up she would have been dead too.” It is claimed the alleged gunman, Robin Jackson, was an agent who worked for the RUC/PSNI and Special Branch (MI5). Jackson, a former UDR (so-called Ulster Defence Regiment) soldier later dubbed the Jackal, pictured right, was thought to have been behind some of worst atrocities of the Troubles including the Monaghan bombing in 1974 and the Miami Showband massacre in July 1975. He was a member of the Glenanne gang – a UVF unit with connections linked to the UDR and RUC and also linked to around 120 murders in Counties Armagh and Tyrone over a five year period in the 1970s and it is believed Patrick Campbell was his first victim. Jackson worked alongside Mr Campbell at the Down Shoes factory in Banbridge. A week after the shooting police found 79 rounds of 7.62mm ammunition at his home and he was singled out three times by Mrs Campbell during a police identity parade at Castlereagh RUC station as the man responsible for producing a handgun when killers came to her home. RUC so-called officers also found a notebook with names, addresses and vehicle registration details which it is alleged came from the corroupt UDR intelligence sources. However, it was decided (by so-called powers to be) that there was insufficent evidence to secure a conviction. The Jackal (Jackson a former UDR soldier) which was later a British army unit disbanded. Died in 1998, aged 50. An investigation by the Historical Enquires Team (HET) found that Jackson’s “later notoriety, with the benefit of hindsight, raises suspicions about his involvement and gives rise to the concerns expressed by the family”. Solicitor Kevin Winters, who is representing the family, said: “The civil action being taken by Margaret Campbell on behalf of her family against the PSNI/RUC and the MoD is an important development in their movement towards closure, truth, justice and accountability regardinging the murder of Pat Campbell in 1973. “The litigation will expose the level of collusion which was evident in the activites of the RUC/PSNI, and UDR and other British state agents in the Armagh and Tyrone areas.”
With many thanks to the: Irish News, for the origional story.