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Mom whose ex was tortured to loss of life in ‘act of barbarism’ uncovered guilty of manslaughter


Feb 20, 2023
Coleen Campbell (pictured) was found not guilty of murder but guilty of manslaughter


A mother-of-four has been found responsible of manslaughter next the death of her ex-partner in an ‘extraordinary act of barbarism’.

Coleen Campbell, 38, plotted to to have her previous companion of 10 many years robbed of cash and medicines at his residence through an incident on July 2 final year, Bolton Crown Courtroom read.

As Thomas Campbell, 38, opened his entrance door in Mossley, Bigger Manchester he was ambushed and attacked by a few adult males at about 11pm that day. 

The cocaine seller who performed an ‘integral’ part in an organised crime gang, was dragged around his home and viciously attacked for two hours, into the early morning of July 3. 

He endured 61 separate injuries soon after becoming stabbed, punched, stamped on and even had boiling h2o poured on his buttocks. 

Coleen Campbell (pictured) was found not guilty of murder but guilty of manslaughter

Coleen Campbell (pictured) was found not guilty of murder but guilty of manslaughter

Coleen Campbell (pictured) was discovered not guilty of murder but guilty of manslaughter

Next a five-7 days trial, Coleen Campbell was discovered not responsible of murder but responsible of manslaughter.

Jurors listened to that she shared information and facts about her former spouse’s whereabouts with his killers.

One of the 3 attackers, convicted armed robber Reece Steven, 29, was found responsible of murder.

Stephen Cleworth, 38, who was owing to be at Mr Campbell’s property that night but did not attend due to the fact he was on a ‘bender’ at a swingers’ club, was observed not responsible of murder but guilty of manslaughter.

The demo listened to Cleworth played a critical position in the preparing of the ‘carefully prepared, practised, ruthless, armed assault’. 

Prosecutors described the attack as an ‘extraordinary act of barbarism’.

Coleen Campbell, Steven, and Cleworth had been all observed guilty of conspiring to rob Mr Campbell. 

Coleen and Cleworth deal with prolonged jail conditions, although Steven faces a life sentence. 

Thomas Campbell (left) suffered 61 separate injuries after being stabbed, punched, stamped on and even had boiling water poured on his buttocks

Thomas Campbell (left) suffered 61 separate injuries after being stabbed, punched, stamped on and even had boiling water poured on his buttocks

 Thomas Campbell (left) suffered 61 separate accidents right after staying stabbed, punched, stamped on and even experienced boiling h2o poured on his buttocks

Mr Justice Julian Goose will move the sentence on Wednesday.

A fourth defendant, Karl Murphy, 50, was uncovered not responsible of participating in the actions of an organised crime team, soon after he drove the killers to the scene.

The alleged ‘mastermind’ of the fatal attack, John Belfield, 28, who is claimed to be ‘heavily concerned in the huge scale source of course A drugs’, is wished by law enforcement.

Belfield was not on trial but was named in court as a co-conspirator, and prosecutors alleged he was one of the 3 attackers on July 2.

 The cocaine supplier who performed an ‘integral’ element in an organised criminal offense gang, was dragged all over his home and viciously attacked for two hrs, into the early morning of July 3. Pictured: Colleen (left) and Thomas Campbell (right)

The killing was said to have followed a meticulous, calculated prepare whereby Mr Campbell was tracked for the preceding 7 days.

The trial heard that Belfield had contacted Coleen Campbell, who was earlier a stranger, on Instagram on June 25 right after sending a stick to ask for.

Around the very same time, Belfield read a Manchester Night News story about Mr and Mrs Campbell, who previously appeared in court docket for income laundering.

The headline of the tale read: ‘Couple appreciated “five star” way of living funded by crime while claiming benefits’.

Belfield was also angered that his ex-girlfriend experienced commenced a romantic relationship with Mr Campbell, the demo heard.

In the adhering to days immediately after connecting on Instagram, Belfield plotted with Coleen Campbell to have her previous husband robbed of cash, drugs or valuables.

He recruited his affiliate, Cleworth, who in convert brought in his good friend, Steven, to the conspiracy. 

The team satisfied up in the Boat and Horses pub in Chadderton on June 27, exactly where Steven shown how monitoring gadgets worked.

Afterwards that afternoon, a tracker was put on Mr Campbell’s van though he was selecting up his daughter from faculty. 

In the adhering to days, Belfield, Cleworth and Steven executed reconnaissance outings to Mr Campbell’s dwelling to approach their attack.

On June 30, the gang have been ready to strike but postponed their strategies for two times afterwards soon after Mr Campbell went to stroll his doggy on returning property.

In the 7 days considering that Belfield messaged experienced her on Instagram, Ms Campbell achieved up with him and they shared 35 cellular phone phone calls and 68 messages. 

She had shared important facts about her ex-spouse, like details of his van’s registration plate, his house number and his movements.

Then, as Mr Campbell went to unlock his entrance door at 11:06pm on July 2, three adult men burst out of a Vauxhall Combo van parked on the travel of an unoccupied dwelling. 

Mr Campbell screamed as he was viciously attacked, before becoming dragged inside.

His property was ransacked and his blood protected the partitions, as his attackers launched their horrific assault. 

Two hrs immediately after pouncing on Mr Campbell, his killers still left him to die, lying in his hallway. It is unclear what, if anything his attackers robbed him of.

Police released a murder investigation just after his human body was identified by neighbours on July 3. 

Officers did not get well the attackers’ DNA from the home, and a CCTV system had been ripped out.

The killers transformed their outfits and swapped vehicles as section of a innovative program to evade detection.

But a law enforcement investigation utilizing mobile web site info, CCTV footage, and other circumstantial evidence led to Coleen Campbell, Cleworth, and Steven becoming brought to justice.

The jury of 7 adult males and 5 girls was sent out to deliberate on Friday morning. 

Jurors returned at 12:20pm nowadays with unanimous verdicts.

Coleen Campbell, 38, of Bamford Avenue, Clayton, east Manchester Cleworth, 38, of Charles Street, Heywood and Steven, 29, of Poplar Avenue, Middleton, were remanded in custody ahead of sentencing.

Mr Murphy, 50, of Lancaster Road, Denton, was discharged from the dock.

The decide thanked Mr Campbell’s loved ones and close friends, who were being in a packed public gallery at the courtroom, for remaining silent as the verdicts have been disclosed. 

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