Stuart Campbell seeks freedom despite refusing to reveal the whereabouts of his 15-year-old niece Danielle Jones’ body. The case was referred to the parole board
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Killer Stuart Campbell’s brother has urged him to “stop being a monster” and disclose what he did to Danielle Jones’ body.
Alix Sharkey spoke out as the parole board confirmed it was reviewing the case of 64-year-old Campbell, who is nearing the end of his minimum sentence.
The builder, who could be free within months, has never confessed to killing his 15-year-old niece in 2001.
The ‘no body’ case is one of the first to go before the Parole Board since the passage of the Mirror-backed Helen’s Law, making it a legal requirement for the panels to consider ‘non-disclosure’.
Mr Sharkey, 64, who wrote a book called My Brother the Killer, said: “I don’t think my brother should be released until he discloses what he did to Danielle Jones’ body. Your parents went through hell. They’ve never had a closure. My brother didn’t even give them their daughter to have a place to mourn.”
Alix challenged his brother: “Stop being a monster, why don’t you act like a human? Even murderers can say ‘I’m sorry’.”
Last year, Danielle’s parents, Linda and Tony, appealed to Campbell to show her where he had hidden her body. Linda said she hoped he would “allow us to put our beloved daughter to rest.”
Danielle did not leave her home in Tilbury, Essex until 18 June 2001 to catch the bus to school. Her parents never saw her again. Campbell lured her into his blue van and kidnapped her.
Campbell, who had married into the Jones family, had an unhealthy fascination with teenage girls and had nursed Danielle for months. He also hid a violent criminal past. At 18 he was sentenced to four years in prison for robbing a young girl.
Campbell was also convicted in 1989 for detaining a 14-year-old girl in his home.
Danielle’s disappearance prompted a search of more than 1,500 locations.
Campbell was arrested within weeks and found guilty in court after a pair of white stockings containing Danielle’s DNA were discovered at his home.
It was also discovered that he had fake texts from Danielle and had lied about where he was at the time of the murder.
In 2017, Essex Police unsuccessfully excavated some garages near Campbell’s former home. Linda, 62, said at the time: “It’s like she’s just thrown away.”
The parole board confirmed that Campbell’s review “followed standard processes,” adding, “Public safety is our top priority.”
Marie McCourt, 77, whose daughter Helen was killed in 1988, successfully lobbied for the new legislation with support from Der Spiegel.
She said: “Since the passage of Helen’s law we’ve had three instances where applications for parole have been denied so we know it’s helping other families.
“I’ll speak to Linda and Tony to hopefully put their minds at ease. Let’s hope these killers are never let out.”
https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/monster-who-killed-danielle-jones-27203897 Monster who killed 15-year-old Danielle Jones could be freed but has NEVER said where her body is