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SORDID PAST Pervert pensioner who pleaded guilty to sex attack on dementia-suffering wife exposed as liar and cheat

Mrs Campbell - known to family and friends as Etta - was living in a care home and suffering from 'end-stage dementia' when the attack happened on January 18 2019

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Tommy Campbell

Tommy Campbell

Tommy Campbell

A pervert pensioner who pleaded guilty to a sickening sex attack on his dementia-suffering wife is today exposed as a conniving love-cheat and a compulsive liar.

Former businessman Tommy Campbell (78) admitted the sexual assault of his deceased wife Rosetta, when he appeared at the Crown Court in Antrim.

Mrs Campbell - known to family and friends as Etta - was living in a care home and suffering from 'end-stage dementia' when the attack happened on January 18 2019.

In the early hours of the following morning, heavily armed cops surrounded Campbell's detached home in west Belfast where he lived alone.

The retired butcher - former owner of Castle Meats in Belfast city centre - was arrested and taken to the Crime Suite at Musgrave Street PSNI station where he was questioned about the sexual assault of his wife.

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Tommy Campbell on his wedding day with wife Rosetta

Tommy Campbell on his wedding day with wife Rosetta

Tommy Campbell on his wedding day with wife Rosetta

 

But in February last year, as the police investigation was still continuing, the Sunday World spoke to Campbell in his home at Coolnasilla Park South.

He insisted: "I'm an innocent man. I told the police everything. I admitted I put my arms around her and I kissed her, but she was my wife and I loved her."

Etta died in the Our Lady's Home care unit in Beechmount a year to the day after Campbell's arrest.

Originally, Campbell faced three counts under Article 43 of the Sexual Offences (Northern Ireland) Order 2008 when he appeared at the Crown Court sitting in Antrim on June 28.

All charges stated that he 'intentionally and sexually touched Rosetta Campbell, she being unable to refuse because of or for a reason related to a mental disorder'.

At the Crown Court on June 28, Campbell pleaded guilty to one charge of sexual assault. And the judge ruled that two additional charges - to which he pleaded not guilty - were to be kept on the books.

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Campbell now faces the prospect of a custodial sentence when he appears again for sentencing on September 9.

But despite Campbell's guilty plea in the Crown Court being documented in court correspondence and confirmed in writing by the Northern Ireland Court Service, Campbell bizarrely denied to this reporter he had pleaded guilty to a sex attack on his late wife.

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Tommy Campbell is confronted by Hugh Jordan last year

Tommy Campbell is confronted by Hugh Jordan last year

Tommy Campbell is confronted by Hugh Jordan last year

 

When we caught up with him earlier this month, he insisted: "I've not pleaded guilty to anything - I didn't do anything wrong."

He added: "I don't want this in the papers."

But Sunday World investigations into Campbell's past life revealed Etta endured a traumatic time with her husband.

Throughout his near 60 years of marriage, Campbell regularly cheated on her. He was a serial womaniser and a heavy drinker.

As soon as his butcher's shop closed for the day, Campbell headed to the pub where he drank until closing time.

Campbell was a former champion boxer with the Star Boxing Club and an amateur international.

On several occasions Etta and her children were forced to flee the family home and take refuge in the homes of relatives.

"In many ways, when she moved into the care home, it was a blessing in disguise," said a family friend.

Following the paramilitary ceasefires in the 1990s, Campbell's son Brendan emerged as a well-known and flamboyant drug dealer in Belfast.

Brendan was singled out for assassination by the IRA through the cover name Direct Action Against Drugs and he was gunned down outside a restaurant on the plush Lisburn Road.

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