Thomas ‘TC’ Campbell, 66, and his co-accused Joe Steele were convicted in 1984 for the murders the Doyle family, including a baby of 18 months, before being cleared in 2004. Post moderation is undertaken full-time 9am-6pm on weekdays, and on a part-time basis outwith those hours. He said: “I was institutionalised. As a subscriber, you are shown 80% less display advertising when reading our articles. Both maintained their innocence throughout their imprisonment and subsequent appeals. February 1998: Campbell and Steele return to prison when three Court of Appeal judges reach a split decision. Looking for something to watch? , The culmination of the violence came on 16 April 1984 with the murder by arson of six members of the Doyle family, in the Ruchazie housing estate. , What ensued was a 20-year court battle by the two men, one of the more contentious in Scottish legal history, and, in the later words of Campbell's solicitor, Aamer Anwar, speaking in 2004, "20 years of hunger strikes, prison breakouts, demonstrations, political pressure, solitary isolation, prison beatings, [and] legal fight after legal fight". “How could I tell them about the dugs and destroy their happiness?”. It would have broken her, too. Joe Steele, 56, said late crimelord Tam “The Licensee” McGraw ordered the fire. Campbell (represented by Maggie Scott QC) and Steele were freed. This was in part because claims by Campbell against a man whom he is regarded as hating are viewed with scepticism (his stabbing in 2002 was believed at the time to be part of a long running tit-for-tat feud between the two men), and in part because two police officers who had been heavily involved in the case had since died: Detective Superintendent Norrie Walker in 1988 and Detective Chief Superintendent Charles Craig, head of the Criminal Investigation Department at the time of the murders, in 1991. I’d sit on the end of my bed for hours, like I’d done in prison. “When I walked out into the sunshine and into the arms of the people I loved on the day I was finally cleared in 2004, the relief was on their faces and they were smiling. The Glasgow Ice Cream Wars was a turf war in the East End of Glasgow in Scotland in the 1980s between rival criminal… en.wikipedia.org Glasgow's Ice Cream Wars … Eighteen-year-old Andrew Doyle, nicknamed "Fat Boy", a driver for the Marchetti firm, had resisted being intimidated into distributing drugs on his run, and attempts to take over his run – resistance that had already led to him being shot by an unidentified assailant through the windscreen of his van. He never wanted it. He is believed to have died from natural causes. Keep track of everything you watch; tell your friends. After conviction, Campbell and Steele tried to have their conviction overturned in 1989, but failed. © DC Thomson Co Ltd 2020. , The original trial judge, Lord Kincraig, who had told Campbell and Steele in court at the original trial that he regarded them as "vicious and dangerous men", at that point in his 80s and having been retired for 18 years, spoke out against the ruling of the appeal court days afterward, stating that he could not "accept there was a conspiracy among the police". This week, one of the men wrongly jailed for 18 years over the notorious 'Ice Cream Wars' was found dead in his home by his ex-wife. Several years later, in 1992, two journalists, Douglas Skelton and Lisa Brownlie, wrote a book, Frightener, about the conflicts and the trial. Desperate to make a conviction, police coordinated a plea bargain with jailed ice cream van robber John Love, who implicated ice cream van owners Thomas “TC” Campbell … 1993: Steele escapes from prison and stages a protest by. They were jailed for life following the murder of six members of the Doyle family, who died in a house fire in Ruchazie in 1984. For Steele, who longed to be a ‘normal’ dad and husband, it was a nightmare. Mr Steele, who was 18 at the time of the murders, spoke of his hatred for Mr Campbell after his release, blaming the older man, who was 22 when he was jailed, for his incarceration and distancing himself from any criminal activity. Van operators were involved in frequent violence and intimidation tactics. The 66-year-old was one of two men wrongly convicted of Glasgow's Ice Cream Wars murders in 1984. He said: “Throughout the years I’d battled the system and never gave up hope. The three appeal judges reached a split decision on whether the fresh evidence relating to Love's testimony (and relating to a potentially exculpatory statement made to the police by Love's sister, which had not been disclosed to the defence at the trial) would have significantly affected the outcome of the original trial, and thus should be heard. At 02:00, the door on the landing outside the top-floor flat in Ruchazie where he lived with his family was doused with petrol and set alight. Steele — whose brother Joe was wrongly convicted of Glasgow’s Ice Cream War murders — was given a 12-year sentence in 1978 for attempted murder … The remaining two, Thomas "T C" Campbell and Joe Steele, were tried for the murders, convicted unanimously (unanimity is not required in Scotland) and sentenced to life imprisonment, of which they were to serve no fewer than 20 years according to the judge's recommend… , The defence rejected the Crown's evidence during the 27-day trial, and afterwards Campbell continued to assert that he had been "fitted up" by both Love and the police. Are you sure you want to delete this comment? The fire at Fat Boy's was only meant to be a frightener which went too far." When 18-year-old driver Andrew Doyle refused to give in to intimidation, he and his family were targeted, and gunshots were fired through his windscreen in February 1984. But being taken away from my family and new baby finally broke me. The conflicts generated widespread public outrage, and earned the Strathclyde Police the nickname of "serious chimes squad" (a pun on Serious Crime Squad) for its perceived failure to address them. , The legal fight continued. The court of appeal has decided in fact the jury was wrong.
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