Three men killed father of five in ‘senseless attack’

The men who killed Carl Woodall in a brutal attack were sentenced to a combined minimum of 87 years in prison

A father of five was stripped naked and brutally beaten to death during a two-hour ordeal.

Carl Woodall, 44, who was nicknamed ‘Del Boy’ by friends, suffered 141 injuries before his body was discovered at a unit at an industrial estate in Rowley Regis, West Midlands.

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Mark Campbell, Simmion Goldbourne and James McGhee used a machete, a large knife and a wooden handle to chop up the victim and beat him to death. His killers are now in prison for a total of at least 87 years.

Three men have been found guilty of beating a father of five to death. Pictured L-R: James McGhee, Mark Campbell, Simmion Goldbourne.

A court heard Mr Woodall was wearing just one sock when he was found dead by his son and girlfriend on June 28 last year.

The victim was believed to have been conscious during much of the attack

The jury heard he ultimately died from a traumatic brain injury, but defensive bruises and lacerations to his arms suggested he was conscious for much of the attack.

Police tracked down his killers, all from Nottingham, using CCTV and pieced together Mr Woodall’s connections to the men.

Campbell, 39, and Goldbourne, 28, were found guilty of murder, while McGhee, 28, was convicted of manslaughter at Wolverhampton Crown Court.

At a hearing on Friday, Campbell and Goldbourne were sentenced to life in prison with a minimum of 36 years, while McGhee was sentenced to 15 years in prison.

Detectives discovered that Campbell had met Mr Woodall’s stepsons in prison in 2018 and had been in contact with one of them in June 2021.

Officials say he spent time at a hotel in Halesowen, West Midlands, and visited the Doulton Trading Estate, near the scene of the crime.

He is believed to have had a falling out with Mr Woodhall’s stepsons and left the area before returning days later with McGhee and Goldbourne.

Mr Woodall was nicknamed “Del Boy” by friends because of his bicycle business and selling items on eBay.

The court heard he had moved into a trailer home in a unit he rented in the industrial estate after splitting from his ex-partner.

CCTV footage showed a silver Nissan Qashqai being driven down Doulton Road by McGhee with passengers Goldbourne and Campbell at 1.15am.

Minutes later, Goldbourne and Campbell were seen looking around the grounds before returning to the car.

All three men then made their way to Mr. Woodall’s trailer before Goldbourne and Campbell scaled a metal fence and entered the industrial unit’s yard.

The pair then showed up around 4.13am, with Goldbourne carrying a box and Campbell carrying a bag, before McGhee drove them away seconds later.

Karl Woodall.

Bloodstains found in car

His body was discovered the next day and the police were called.

The unit’s forensic analysis revealed that a dirty search had been conducted and a blood-stained knife and machete had been found.

CCTV showed McGhee dropping Campbell off at around 8.30pm on June 27 at his girlfriend’s flat in Nottingham.

McGhee was later seen with a large amount of cash while fueling his car and buying snacks at a local garage.

He took home a large blood-stained crowbar, which police later found in his yard.

When the car was impounded, Mr. Woodall’s bloodstains were found on the front and back seats.

Goldbourne was also caught on CCTV throwing a bag containing the clothes he was wearing on the night of the murder into a dumpster.

“His life was taken away unnecessarily”

Following Wednesday’s verdict, West Midlands Police Detective Inspector Hannah Whitehouse said: “My thoughts are with Carl’s family.

“He died in horrific circumstances and I cannot imagine the grief of his loss.

“We don’t fully understand why Carl was killed, but his death was senseless and the level of violence used against him is unfortunate.

“Carl was a quiet and popular man, he had five children, three of whom are very young.

“He did nothing to deserve what happened to him on that horrible day.

“I hope today’s trial will bring some comfort to Carl’s family.”

In a statement, Mr Woodall’s family said: “Carl was a quiet, hard working man who loved his family and children.

“He kept to himself and didn’t deserve to die under such terrible circumstances.

“Carl’s family and friends are heartbroken at what happened to such a kind, caring person.

“His life was unnecessarily taken from everyone who loved him. We’ll never know why Carl was so senselessly attacked.

“He will always be in our hearts and we will miss him forever.”

A friend said: “Carl will always be Del Boy to me. He will now crouch and dive in the sky. He’s had his issues, but he will be truly missed.” Three men killed father of five in ‘senseless attack’


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