Facebook slasher back on streets of Sunderland

Colin Campbell
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FACEBOOK slasher Colin Campbell is back on the streets of Sunderland after serving less than half his sentence for repeatedly stabbing two people.

Today, one of Campbell’s victims told how she felt “sick to the stomach” after discovering the man who left her in a pool of blood hadn’t even served two years in jail.

“It’s disgusting. Here’s someone who stabbed me so hard, so many times, I needed surgery,” she told the Echo. “I’ve barely got over my injuries and he’s walking about, free as a bird.

“No one told me he was going to be released. Now I’m terrified of what he’s going to do to me.

“I’m sure he’s getting all the support and help he needs.

“What did I get? Nothing. No one even had enough decency to tell me he was getting out.

“What am I supposed to do, spend the rest of my life looking over my shoulder?”

The 30-year-old, now in hiding, was slashed by Campbell, who put a dog chain around her neck.

They had been arguing over something on his Facebook page.

At the time, the 42-year-old was on bail for stabbing a neighbour in Tunstall Vale five times.

At Newcastle Crown Court last year, he was jailed for five years, with an extended licence period of five years, yet he has served less than half of that.

His victim, a mother-of-two, recalled today how Campbell repeatedly stabbed her on the floor of a Roker Avenue bedsit. “He slashed me in the back, on my shoulders, under my arm and under my breast,” she said.

“I scrambled to get away from him, locking the bedroom door, but he came back, smashed it open and started lashing at me with the knife again.

“I know how dangerous this man is and what he’s capable of.

“It sickens me to the stomach to think he is out already. What do you have to do to get a proper jail sentence?”

The Echo understands Campbell will be on licence in the community for the next seven-and-a-half years.

Maureen Gavin, of Northumbria Probation Trust, said: “When an offender is released from prison on licence, they are subject to supervision by the probation trust for the remainder of their sentence.

“The offender must comply with the stipulated licence conditions and is subject to regular supervision, rehabilitative work and monitoring, which can involve several partner agencies.

“If an offender fails to comply, they can be recalled to prison.”