On the first anniversary of his passing, all at MOJO will stop to remember our client and friend, Thomas “TC” Campbell.
Tommy passed away, aged 66, at his home in Argyllshire, on 24 June 2019. In tribute, his solicitor, Aamer Anwar tweeted: “I’m heartbroken at news of Tommy Campbell’s death. The Ice Cream Wars case was a monument to the barbaric failures of a justice system, but TC represented the inherent ability of the human spirit to fight for freedom & overcome injustice- RIP”
On 17 March, we posted this article, recalling that day in 2004 that Thomas Campbell’s and Joe Steele’s convictions were quashed by the Appeal court, their ordeal by this point having lasted 20 years.
1984: Campbell and Steele are convicted at the High Court.
1989: Their first appeal is refused.
1992: A Crown Witness states that he lied under oath.
1993: Steele escapes from prison and stages a protest by supergluing himself to the railings outside Buckingham Palace.
1993: Steele stages a rooftop protest at his mother’s house whilst on leave from prison.
1997: Secretary of State for Scotland Michael Forsyth grants interim freedom to Campbell and Steele, pending a second appeal.
February 1998: Campbell and Steele return to prison when three Appeal Court judges reach a split decision.
December 1998: Scottish Secretary Donald Dewar rejects a petition to refer the case to the Appeal Court again.
November 2001: The Scottish Criminal Cases Review Commission refers the case to the Appeal Court for the third time.
December 2001: Campbell and Steele are again freed by Lord Justice Clerk, Lord Gill, pending the outcome of the appeal.
March 2004: Campbell’s and Steele’s convictions are quashed by the Appeal Court
Rest in Peace, Tommy.