Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

DANIELLE MURDER: UNCLE IS GUILTY; Schoolgirl of 15 Killed to Stop Her Revealing Sex Secret

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

DANIELLE MURDER: UNCLE IS GUILTY; Schoolgirl of 15 Killed to Stop Her Revealing Sex Secret

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Byline: PAUL CHESTON

THE uncle of missing schoolgirl Danielle Jones was today found guilty of her murder.

Builder Stuart Campbell, 44, shook his head as he was sentenced to life at Chelmsford Crown Court. The 15-year-old's body has never been found.

Campbell, who was addicted to internet porn and had an obsession with teenage girls, abducted Danielle to stop her revealing his sex secrets.

Danielle disappeared shortly after she left home in East Tilbury, Essex, to catch the school bus in June 2000.

Danielle's parents Tony and Linda burst into tears as the unanimous verdict was returned after seven and a half hours' deliberations at the end of a 10-week trial.

Campbell had " groomed" Danielle for months and killed her when she threatened to tell her parents about his persistent demands for sex. Unknown to the jury he had even forced his 14-year-old daughter into posing for indecent photographs.

After the verdict Campbell was revealed as having a history of violence and indecency towards young teenage girls dating back to the Seventies.

Mr Justice McKinnon told Campbell: "You have done a thoroughly terrible thing, caused widespread horror and disbelief, and there is not a shred of mitigation in this case. You are no stranger to violence and started in crime at a young age... you merit the description 'dangerous'."

The judge said that Campbell's "particularly perverted interests were focused on schoolgirls of the 15- to 16-year-old bracket and you are quite unable to check your impulses." He added: "You have been a blatantly deceitful and thoroughly dishonest smooth operator over many years."

The judge said that only Campbell would know exactly what had happened on the day Danielle disappeared but that he had kidnapped her, taken her to his house and murdered her. Campbell, of Gray's, Essex, is married to the sister of Danielle's father.

The girl's DNA was discovered on bloodstained stockings in a bag of women's underwear in Campbell's loft. …

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