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Thomas Oslaf Kellock

(1923-1993), Queen's Counsel and circuit judge

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Thomas Oslaf Kellock, by Elliott & Fry - NPG x100435

Thomas Oslaf Kellock

by Elliott & Fry
half-plate glass negative, 25 March 1952
NPG x100435

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Thomas Oslaf Kellock

by Elliott & Fry
quarter-plate glass negative, 25 March 1952
NPG x100436

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Robert Wilson

27 July 2016, 00:01

Judge Kellock gave me a chance to redeem myself what many other judges would have stuck to the script and imposed a less charitable sentence. I came across this reference after searching for the judge to let him know that the delinquent turned student didn't just go on to finish the degree that his six month deferred sentence allowed but obtained a PhD and became a lecturer.
I am not sure if my testimonial included reference to the fact that I formed a branch of the Anti Apartheid Movement at university, if not it is shame that he was not aware of our shared interest - Kellock was a former Chairman of the Anti-Apartheid Movement. Moreover, my PhD supervisor was good friends with Albert "Albie" Sachs another activist and a former judge on the Constitutional Court of South Africa, who I met at my mentors retirement.
All of this was possible because Judge Kellock trusted his instincts. He ended my long run of prison and youth offender institutions - well I had tried to end it but the slip up looked like putting me back to prison. The portrait is not visible to me now but when you have chance to see it look for the man with a deep passion for justice that in this case gave a former offender the chance to change.

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