Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 20 December 2014

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Confrontation: Bomber Robert James Campbell
Confrontation: Bomber Robert James Campbell

It was the moment I had dreaded but waited for all of my life — staring into the eyes of the man who murdered my mother, 14-year-old sister and uncle.

Robert James Campbell is the only person to have been convicted of the loyalist murders of my loved ones and the 12 other innocent victims of the McGurk’s Bar atrocity.

He also murdered Protestant workman John Morrow, who had been driving five Catholic workmates through Ligoneil in 1976 when UVF gunmen sprayed the van with bullets.

Jimmy Campbell, as he’s known, was convicted of 16 murders in 1978 and served 15 years in prison — less than one year for each of the lives we know he took.

He also inflicted nearly 40 years of pain and loss upon my family, relatives and friends of those who perished on that terrible night.

For the full story, see this week's Sunday Life.

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