Woman’s stabbing sorrow
AN ambulance crew called to a man’s fatal stabbing in Katherine was confronted by his former partner and killer covered in blood and hugging his lifeless body.
Gillian Campion, 40, pleaded guilty to manslaughter in the NT Supreme Court after stabbing Nicholas Lena in the chest twice in the early hours of May 25 last year.
In a joint victim impact statement, Mr Lena’s mother and father said losing their eldest son was the hardest thing that could happen to them.
“I was expecting a phone call from Nicholas and his two girls Nikita and Alisha on Sunday wishing me a happy mother’s day,” Mr Lena’s mother, Cecily, said.
“Instead I had a phone call from ... telling me that Nick was gone ...” Beth Wild, for Campion, said her client had no memory of the hours before the stabbing.
“Her next memory kicks in when she sees Mr Lena ... slumped over,” she said.
Ms Wild said Campion was inconsolable when she called police to report the killing.
Crown Prosecutor Matt Nathan SC said Campion’s criminal history – which included a 2013 knife attack on Mr Lena – was concerning.
He said the couple’s children, aged 8 and 6, were “looking at a life without their father and, for a significant period of time, without their mother”.
Justice Judith Kelly, who is due to sentence Campion on Friday, said: “It’s such a wicked, wicked waste of two lives that she’s somehow fallen prey to this alcohol addiction, ruining her life and taking away someone else’s.”