Man jailed for the rape and murder of district nurse

12/05/2017

Leroy Campbell has today been jailed at Birmingham Crown Court to life imprisonment after he pleaded guilty to the rape and murder of Lisa Skidmore at her home in Bilston as well as to the attempted murder of Margaret Skidmore and to an offence of arson with intent to endanger life.

On 24 November 2016 the defendant entered the home of Lisa Skidmore through her bedroom window as she lay asleep in bed. He then subjected her to a violent sexual assault before murdering her.

Shortly afterwards, the victim's mother, Margaret Skidmore, attended the property and found the defendant in the kitchen.

The defendant attacked 80-year-old Mrs Skidmore, rendering her unconscious. When she regained consciousness, she found the house full of smoke but was able to call the emergency services.

On arrival, a fire crew found the body of Lisa Skidmore in her upstairs bedroom.

Investigations revealed that she had been raped and strangled and that, having attacked Margaret Skidmore, the 56-year-old defendant subsequently set fire to the house.

DNA recovered at the scene matched that of Campbell, who was later arrested and has today pleaded guilty to murder, rape, attempted murder and arson with intent to endanger life.

Emily Lenham, Senior Crown Prosecutor with West Midlands Crown Prosecution Service, said:

"Lisa Skidmore tragically lost her life as a result of a savagely brutal assault carried out by Leroy Campbell, a complete stranger, who broke into her home whilst she was asleep in bed. Having sexually assaulted her, he inflicted fatal injuries upon her. He then went on to seriously assault her elderly mother Margaret, who had unwittingly disturbed him in the commission of these crimes. In an attempt to destroy the evidence of his appalling acts, he then set fire to the property.

"It is hard to imagine what motivated Campbell to commit such vicious and deplorable acts, only he can answer that. He has destroyed a family, taking from them a beloved daughter and sister. He has taken from the community a hard working, dedicated and popular district nurse.

"I would like to thank all those who supported the investigation and prosecution team, helping us to build a strong case which has ensured that this defendant has been held accountable for his actions. The loss and suffering felt by those close to Lisa Skidmore is impossible for most to comprehend; our thoughts are with them at this time."