Gangster’s ex who helped arrange ‘hated’ ex-husband’s brutal slaying in feud over new girlfriend, bags 13 year jail sentence – Two of her co-conspirators jailed for life, one on the run
Mom-of-four Colleen Campbell was jailed for 13 years after being convicted of manslaughter but cleared of murder in the death of her estranged husband
The gangster’s ex-wife is accused of helping arrange ‘hated’ ex-husband’s ‘barbaric’ killing in feud over his new girlfriend
Thomas Campbell, 38, a father-of-two was ambushed by three men at the front door of his home in Greater Manchester, UK, on July 25, 2022
Ex-wife Colleen Campbell, 38, shared intelligence of Thomas’ whereabouts to mastermind John Belfield
Co-conspirators Reece Steven, 29, was jailed for life to serve at least 37 years for murder
Stephen Cleworth, 38, was convicted of manslaughter and sentenced to life with a minimum of 12 years
John Belfield, the alleged mastermind of the murder conspiracy to kill Campbell remains a fugitive, believed to hiding out in Spain
Campbell who was married to Colleen for 10 years and she shared two of her four children with him – he was in a relationship with Belfield’s ex-girlfriend
The Bolton Crown Court, UK, jailed a drug dealer’s ex-wife after she was convicted of helping to arrange the brutal gangland murder of her “hated” ex-husband in a violent home invasion last year. The Crown Court did not buy her grieving widow act, after establishing that she was in communication with the men who killed her ex, just before the brutal murder.
Mom-of-four Colleen Campbell, 38, was sentenced to 13 years in prison after being convicted of manslaughter but cleared on murder charges in the death of her husband of 10 years – They shared two children whom they co-parented since their divorce.
The victim, Thomas Campbell, 38, was ambushed by three armed men at the front door of his home in Mossley, Tameside. He was then dragged inside and tortured to death in a two-hour “extraordinary act of barbarism”, the Crown Court heard.
The killers got to Campbell after his ex-wife shared intelligence of his whereabouts with John Belfield, her current partner and the mastermind behind the murder plot. In fact, Coleen Campbell caught on camera plotting with ‘mastermind’ of attack on her ex-husband
This did not stop her putting up a show at trial. Dressed all in black, with tied back, jet black hair, the beautician played the perfect grieving widow. Mascara ran down Coleen Campbell’s cheek as she heard her ex-husband’s screams. The black widow fought back tears, putting her hands over her ears as she listened to her estranged husband’s last, terrifying moments.
Two of her co-conspirators have been convicted and sentenced, but Colleen was facing a possible life sentence after being accused of playing key role in his brutal slaying.
Reece Steven, 29, was handed a life sentence and ordered to serve at least 37 years for murder.
Stephen Cleworth, 38, who was convicted of manslaughter, received a life sentence and will serve a minimum 12 years
Belfield, who was the third man in the horror killing, remains a fugitive, believed to be hiding out in Spain.
The Court heard that on July 25, 2022, the home invaders forced Campbell inside his home.
They proceeded to stab, punch and stomped the homeowner before boiling water was poured on his buttocks.
Stephen Cleworth was due to be at Thomas Campbell’s home that night but did not show up as he had been on a “bender” at a swingers club.
However, prosecutors said, Cleworth played a key role in prepping the “carefully planned, practiced, ruthless, armed assault”.
Campbell who was in a relationship Belfield’s ex-girlfriend, suffered 61 separate injuries during the brutal attack.
Furious at the relationship, he hatched the gruesome plot after texting his ex to say she was “doomed”.
Belfield later met up with Colleen Campbell and the pair also exchanged 35 phone calls and 68 messages.
She divulged key information about the father of two of her four children, including details of his van’s registration plate and his house number.
A tracking device was placed on his car as he picked up his daughter from school and Belfield, Cleworth and Steven conducted reconnaissance missions to his home.
Campbell was seen plotting with the gangster on CCTV at her home just two hours before the killing.
She had conspired with Belfield to have her former husband robbed of cash, drugs or valuables.
At around 11.06pm, three men burst out of a van parked in the driveway of an unoccupied house.
Thomas screamed as he was dragged into his home, which was ransacked by the thugs.
Blood splattered the walls of his smart new-build home as he was bound and brutalized while being tortured for two hours.
He had been dragged around the house as the attackers took as much money or drugs as they could get their hands on.
Thomas was then left to die in the hallway before being discovered the following day by a neighbor.
Bizarrely, Campbell was caught after a meeting with a clairvoyant four days after the brutal killing.
She told Thomas’ mum Lynn he had visited her beyond the grave to reveal details of his death.
Suspicious the information had not yet been released to the public, Lynn went to police to report her former daughter-in-law.
Prosecutors accepted Campbell probably did not want Thomas to die but said her alliance with Belfield ultimately led to Thomas’ death.
Senior Crown Prosecutor Lucy Scully said: “Thomas must have been absolutely terrified during the vicious and relentless two-hour attack.
“It was pre-planned and sophisticated and each person played their part in causing Thomas’s death.”
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