64-year-old Stuart Campbell was arrested for committing a terrible crime against his very own teenage niece. Danielle Jones was last seen at a bus stop at just 15 years old.
Danielle totally disappeared with little evidence for the police to keep track of. Despite the long search, there were some significant findings. Police found Danielle’s DNA on Campbell’s stockings and found lip gloss that she used, which contributed to later finding him guilty of abducting her.
Campbell was sentenced to life imprisonment for murder and ten years for abduction. He will have a parole hearing in February 2023 and if successful, could be released weeks later.
Danielle’s mother Linda Jones hoped Campbell would ‘do the right thing’ and allow her daughter to be laid to rest. However, they have not experienced this kind of simplicity during the investigation. The case will be heard under Helen’s Law, which makes it harder for killers to be released if they refuse to give up details.
Stuart Campbell’s parole review has been referred to the Parole Board by the Secretary of State for Justice, and a hearing is expected to take place in early 2023. The board will examine a huge range of evidence, including details of the original crime, and any evidence of behavior change.
Campbell, a father-of-two and body-builder, denied any involvement in his niece’s disappearance, but kept a diary chronicling his contact with her.
However, he’s not the only one with writing that’s ready to be reviewed as evidence. Campbell’s brother Alix Shakey has written a book about his brother’s crimes and hopes his book will encourage Campbell to do the right thing.
Sharkey was furious with Campbell for leaving prison without confessing his crime and without expressing remorse for what he did. Campbell has never replied to any of Sharkey’s letters.