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Plumber in the wrong place when gangland thug 'Marlo' assassinated

Gardai at the scene in 2006
Gardai at the scene in 2006

THE cold-blooded murder of Anthony Campbell 10 years ago horrified the nation.

The December 12 shooting saw Anthony gunned down as he worked on radiators in a house belonging to a niece of gang boss Martin ‘Marlo’ Hyland in Finglas, North Dublin.

Anthony (20) was working as an apprentice plumber at the time and had no involvement in crime.

He did not know that Hyland was sleeping upstairs and had been using the home as a safe house.

Martin 'Marlo' Hyland

It is believed Anthony opened the door to his killers.

His inquest revealed the young man had his hands held up in a defensive posture, covering his face, at the time of the murder.

He died from a single gunshot wound to the head and was shot at close range.

The bullet passed through his left arm into his head, killing him almost instantly.

Meanwhile, Hyland was shot six times as he lay sleeping upstairs.

Anthony Campbell

The gangster was concerned about threats to his life at the time.

Despite 14 arrests during the investigation nobody was ever convicted of the brutal double murder.

Gardai believe Eamon ‘The Don’ Dunne was behind the hit and ordered the murder of his former boss Hyland.

Dunne himself died in a hail of bullets when a gunman opened fire on him in a Cabra pub in April 2010.

Anthony’s murder was a tragic example of an innocent man in the wrong place at the wrong time.

He and his boss had been due to carry out a quick repair job on the house owned by Hyland’s niece the night before the murder.

However, they were too tired after a busy day’s work and moved the job to the following morning.