Guilty verdicts returned in Mossley murder trial

A WOMAN has been found guilty of her ex-husband’s killing as a quiet Mossley street turned into the scene of ‘extraordinary act of barbarism.’

Coleen Campbell was found not guilty of murder but guilty of manslaughter after she shared information about Thomas’ whereabouts with his killers.

Reece Steven, 29 – one of three attackers who ambushed the 38-year-old at the door of his home on Riverside on Saturday, July 2 – has been convicted of murder after a five-week trial at Bolton Crown Court.

The body of Thomas Campbell was found at his home in Mossley. The jury returned their verdicts on February 20, 2023

Stephen Cleworth, 38, also was found not guilty of murder but guilty of manslaughter.

The trial heard Mr Campbell suffered 61 separate injuries in a two-hour ordeal, including having boiling water poured on his buttocks.

Shocked neighbours discovered his body the next morning as a recently-built street on a new development became a crime scene.

Floral tributes have been placed at the scene in Mossley

Police are still hunting the alleged mastermind, believed to have been one of the three attackers, John Belfield, who is thought to have fled the country.

The court heard as Mr Campbell went to unlock his front door at 11.06pm on July 2, three men burst out of a van and launched their attack.

His home was ransacked and his blood covered the walls.

Police are still hunting suspect, John Belfield

After being tracked down, Ms Campbell – of the Clayton area of Manchester – Steven, of Heywood, and Cleworth, of Middleton were also all found guilty of conspiring to rob Mr Campbell by unanimous verdicts delivered by the jury after they denied all charges.

Karl Murphy, a 50-year-old from Denton thought to have been recruited to drive the attackers to the scene, was cleared of a charge of participating in the activities of an organised crime group and was released.

Mr Justice Julian Goose will pass sentence on Wednesday, February 22.

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