THE TRAGIC murder of East Tilbury schoolgirl Danielle Jones looks likely to be re-examined in the light of the News of the World phone hacking scandal.
The 15-year-old St Clere’s schoolgirl was abducted and murdered in East Tilbury in 2001 by her uncle, Stuart Campbell.
The conviction relied upon forensic authorship analysis of text messages sent on Danielle’s mobile phone.
Stuart Campbell, a builder, was convicted of abduction and murder on 19 December 2002. Campbell was sentenced to life imprisonment for murder as well as 10 years for abduction.
The Guardian has reported that officers investigating phone hacking by the News of the World are turning their attention to examine every high-profile case involving the murder, abduction or attack on any child since 2001 in response to the revelation that journalists from the tabloid newspaper hacked into the voicemail messages of the murdered schoolgirl Milly Dowler.
Police have also made contact with the parents of murdered Soham schoolgirls, Holly Wells and Jessica Chapman as well as contact with agencies close to the McCann family.
The news may well only add more distress to Danielle’s mother, Linda Jones, 51 who recently visited Danielle’s memorial garden at St Clere’s on the tenth anniversary of her daughters murder.