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Domestic abuse murderer sentenced to life imprisonment

|News, Domestic abuse

A man who caused fatal brain injuries to his partner when he assaulted her has been sentenced to life imprisonment for her murder at Swansea Crown Court. 

Jonathan Campbell, 37, accused his partner, Helen Bannister, of having an affair before grabbing her by the arms and head-butting her more than once, knocking her unconscious. He then washed Ms Bannister, who was unresponsive, and lay her on the sofa before he left the property. 

Mr Campbell reported the assault and alerted the emergency services that Ms Bannister may need medical help, before drinking in Swansea city centre with another female.

Ms Bannister did not regain consciousness and died in hospital six days after the assault. Injuries recorded at the hospital in addition to the devastating brain injuries included a nasal fracture and fractured eye socket, two black eyes, multiple rib fractures and a collapsed lung.

Abul Hussain of the CPS said: “Everyone has the right to feel safe in their own home and there’s no excuse for domestic violence.

“The strong case prepared and presented by the CPS resulted in a guilty plea to murder.  Although that will thankfully spare Helen’s family and friends having to go through the trial process, it’s little comfort when a life has been lost.

“Helen’s life was cruelly snatched away from her, and her family and friends are firmly in our thoughts.”

Jonathan Campbell was sentenced to life imprisonment and ordered to serve a minimum of eighteen years' imprisonment before being eligible to apply for parole.

Notes to editors

  • Abul Hussain is a Senior Crown Prosecutor in CPS Cymru-Wales.
  • Jonathan Campbell (DOB: 8/6/1983) pleaded guilty to murder at Swansea Crown Court on 10 May 2021 and was sentenced on 17 May 2021.
  • Helen Bannister died on 6 December 2020 aged 48-years-old.

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