Woman’s stab­bing sor­row

NT News - - NEWS - CRAIG DUN­LOP Court Re­porter

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.”

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