Evil uncle who killed niece and refused to say where body was could be released

An evil uncle who killed his teenage niece is now hoping to walk free in just a matter of months.

Stuart Campbell was handed a life sentence back in 2002 after he abducted Danielle Jones, 15, and dumped the teen's body in an unknown location.

It was recommended at the time that he serve at least 20 years behind bars when he was handed a life sentence.

READ MORE: Hero Brit dad-of-two dies in Ukraine 'fighting for what he believed in'

However Campbell, 64, will now get a parole hearing at the start of 2023, the Parole Board confirmed – which, if successful, could see the killer walking free just weeks later, the Sun reported.

Campbell has always maintained his innocence despite his conviction.

He has also never revealed where he dumped Danielle's body.

The young victim was last seen on June 18, 2001, walking to a bus stop in East Tilbury, Essex.

Campbell bundled Danielle into a blue Transit van and was never seen again.

Following the teen's disappearance, Campbell became the prime suspect – he had a previous conviction after he kept a 14-year-old hostage in his house and took indecent photos, and was known to have an inappropriate interest in teen girls.

This was confirmed when a creepy diary detailing his perverse obsession was found at his house, as well as Danielle's lip gloss and white stockings with her DNA on them.

  • Bloke whose 'face was stolen by AI computer' says he's 'no longer in control'

It was also revealed he had been grooming his niece for several months before her disappearance.

Campbell was convicted of murder and abduction in 2002 and recommended for a minimum term of 20 years.

Now, two decades on he could be released.

A spokesperson for the Parole Board said: "Parole Board decisions are solely focused on what risk a prisoner could represent to the public if released and whether that risk is manageable in the community.

"A panel will carefully examine a huge range of evidence, including details of the original crime, and any evidence of behaviour change, as well as explore the harm done and impact the crime has had on the victims.

"Members read and digest hundreds of pages of evidence and reports in the lead up to an oral hearing.

"Evidence from witnesses such as probation officers, psychiatrists and psychologists, officials supervising the offender in prison as well as victim personal statements may be given at the hearing.

"It is standard for the prisoner and witnesses to be questioned at length during the hearing which often lasts a full day or more. Parole reviews are undertaken thoroughly and with extreme care. Protecting the public is our number one priority."

To stay up to date with all the latest news, make sure you sign up to one of our newsletters here.

While it is unclear what the outcome of the parole hearing will be, it will fall under Helen's Law.

This means the panel could factor in his refusal to reveal the location of Danielle's body in whether Campbell is released.

It is named after Helen McCourt, with killer Ian Simms never revealing where he dumped her body.

If Campbell is not released he could instead go to an open prison.

Danielle's mum Linda Jones said in the past that she would face up to the killer in any future hearing.

She said at the time: "It’s important I tell him face-to-face how this has impacted on me and I will be reading my statement out myself.

"He’s going to see what he has done to me. It’s not something I’m looking forward to.

"Whether I look at him, I couldn’t tell you, but he needs to be in that room listening to what he has done to the family.”

READ NEXT:

  • Pro-Russian governor Putin installed as 'face of occupied Ukraine' killed in car crash

  • King Charles and Queen Camilla pelted with eggs on royal walkabout in Yorkshire

  • 'Deeply cyclonic' thunderstorm wreaks havoc as hail and strong winds smash through UK

  • China strengthens military training and is preparing for war says President

Source: Read Full Article