07:48AM, Friday 06 December 2013
A judge has told a cold-blooded killer he is likely to die behind bars as punishment for the 1981 murder of a teenage girl.
Colin Campbell, 66, will serve a life sentence after being found guilty by a majority verdict of murdering teenager Claire Woolterton in 1981.
Her naked mutilated body was found in Barry Avenue, Windsor, on August 28.
Speaking at the sentencing at Reading Crown Court on Wednesday, prosecution barrister Alan Blake said: "Claire was 17-years-old when her life was cut short.
"Her mother Carol speaks of how she was never the same person after Claire's murder and she still has flash-backs every month.
"Her stepfather Terry speaks of the helplessness and dreadfulness the family felt considering the suffering Claire must have gone through before her death."
He went on to say how Claire's older brother Phillip had never recovered from Claire's death and had suffered from mental health problems as a result. He passed away earlier this year.
Claire's family watched from the press bench as The Honourable Mr Justice Spencer sentenced Campbell.
He referred to the fact the defendant had managed to get a previous conviction for the murder of Deirdre Sainsbury in 1984 downgraded to manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility, claiming his epilepsy contributed to his actions.
He was still in prison when charged with the murder of Claire.
The judge said: "You intended to kill so I do not accept you were suffering from a mental disability. Despite your epilepsy you were capable of living a normal life.
"It did not turn you into a sexual predator or a cold blooded killer.
"You can expect no sympathy. It is likely you will never be released."
Judge Spencer sentenced Campbell to life imprisonment, serving a minimum of 24 years.
See this week’s Windsor Express for a full report on the case.
Watch a video interview with principal investigator Pete Beirne, of the Thames Valley Police Major Crime Review Team, as he talks about the investigation.
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