The horror of Thomas Campbell’s last moments is unimaginable. He was tied up, stabbed, beaten and then burned with hot water while being tortured for two hours.

No one deserves to die in such a brutal way, regardless of their past. Reece Steven, one of the three gunmen who attacked Campbell at his Tameside home, will serve at least 37 years for the gruesome murder. At the time of his death, the 38-year-old father had recently settled in a posh new development in Mossley, on a street where families lived.

He had begun a new relationship, one that would bring him into contact with John Belfield, an alleged drug dealer who was said to be out for revenge after his ex-partner hooked up with Campbell. His ex-wife of 10 years, Coleen Campbell, later conspired with Belfield, who is wanted on suspicion of murder, as the couple sought revenge against their former partners. Earlier this week, she was jailed for 13 years for manslaughter.

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Belfield is alleged to have been the second attacker. The third is unknown to the police.

As he settled into his new surroundings, Mr. Campbell, a convicted drug dealer, continued to be of interest to the police. “At the time of his death, there were pending criminal investigations into Thomas Campbell, including on suspicion of assault and drug offences,” the jury said at his murder trial.

His criminal past dates back more than two decades. Then, at just 19 years old, in 2002, Campbell was sentenced to nine years in prison after taking part in a terrifying robbery conspiracy, which involved the use of weapons, including a samurai sword.


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