Benjamaine Campbell from Berkeley dies in jail

A 26 year old Berkeley man who breached a restraining order by seeing a woman he was banned from associating with has died in prison, a court was told yesterday (Monday).

Cheltenham Magistrates Court officials found out about Benjamaine Campbell’s death while making enquires into his failure to attend a hearing.

Campbell, of Church View, Newport, Berkeley, was jailed in May last year for committing two burglaries and two common assaults.

At that hearing the court heard he had made 20 previous court appearances for 34 offences and that he was a third strike burglar because of two previous domestic burglaries.

Emily Evans, who was defending Mr Campbell at the time, said he had last been released from prison at the end of 2018 and had immediately obtained work, but shortly afterwards he had lost his job and his relationship broke down, sending him into a ‘downward spiral’ of drug abuse.

Campbell admitted at the Cheltenham court in April last year that he had breached a restraining order issued on December 5th 2014 banning him from contacting his victim, but he had gone to her place of work in Dursley on November 4, 2019.

He was due to be sentenced at the court yesterday, February 1, but court officials learned shortly before the hearing that he had died in prison last November.

On being told that Campbell’s death had been confirmed, prosecutor Jeremy Oliver formally withdrew the charges.

Sue Fuller, chair of the magistrates, said: “The defendant is now deceased and the prosecution have withdrawn the charges. No further action will be taken.”

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