Sex attacker WARNED police he might strike again before he raped nurse

Serial sex attacker WARNED police he might strike again just weeks before he raped and murdered a nurse in her own home

  • Leroy Campbell, 57, raped and murdered Lisa Skidmore, 37, in Bilston in 2016
  • The serial sex attacker had been released from prison just four months before 
  • The rapist had told his probation officer he ‘felt like raping’ someone again

A serial sex attacker had warned police he might strike again just weeks before he raped and murdered a nurse in her own home.

Leroy Campbell, 57, was released from prison four months prior to attacking Lisa Skidmore, 37, in her home in Bilston, West Midlands, in November of 2016.

The convicted rapist, who was on probation at the time, raped and murdered Lisa before attempting to kill her mother, Margaret Skidmore, 81, by choking her. 

Campbell, from Moseley in Birmingham, had been watching Lisa for weeks – after chillingly telling his probation officer that he ‘felt like raping’ someone again.


Leroy Campbell, 57, (left) was released from prison four months before he raped and killed Lisa Skidmore, 37, (right) in Bilston, West Midlands in November of 2016

Campbell, from Moseley in Birmingham, had been watching Lisa for weeks – after chillingly telling his probation officer that he ‘felt like raping’ someone again. Pictured: Lisa’s home 

This was the second missed opportunity to recall Campbell, as he told his probation officer just after his release he had troubling thoughts – the same type he would get before attacking a woman.

Campbell was released in 2016 and just three months later, he spoke of ‘rape’ to his probation officer and admitted he recognised similar feelings before he committed his crimes.

However the troubling admission was not recorded on the system, reported the Mirror.   

The convicted rapist attempted to kill Lisa’s mother, Margaret Skidmore by choking her

Just days later, he told a detective he was having thoughts about burglarising homes after noticing open windows. 

He told the detective he would allow himself  two weeks to ‘get through or re-offend’.

Now Lisa’s family is pushing for the police, probation and parole board to hand over all the details on the case. 

Speaking to the Mirror, Lisa’s sister Alison said: ‘We had a meeting with [Justice Minister] Rory Stewart and he agreed there were catastrophic failings in how Campbell was managed by probation and the police.

‘They failed to act on critical information. If they had, Lisa would be alive.’ 

After killing Lisa, Campbell hid in her house. Margaret walked in on him after he had attacked her daughter.

He attempted to strangle her to death with a vacuum hose and left her unconscious. 

Campbell set the house on fire in a bid to cover his tracks but was later jailed for life.

He had previously been jailed in 1983 for the attempted choking of a woman with intention to commit rape and again in 1991, when he raped a woman in her home. 


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This was the second missed chance to recall Campbell, as he told his probation officer just after his release he had troubling thoughts – the same type he would get before attacking a woman. Pictured: A young Lisa 

Campbell also told a detective he was having thoughts about burglarising homes after noticing open windows. Pictured: Flowers placed outside Lisa’s home

Despite the pensioner’s horrific ordeal, the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority, the body in charge of awarding taxypayer-funded payouts to victims of violent crime, ruled she didn’t meet the threshold for compensation, reported the Telegraph.

The decision comes in spite of the National Probation Service (NPS) acknowledging there were serious failures in their handling of Campbell.

In a letter outlining their decision, the CICA said: ‘The widespread bruising to your head, black eyes, bloody nose, bloodshot left eye, swelling over your cheek, tenderness around your jaw and bruising and cuts to your neck are not listed in Annex E. (We are) therefore unable to make an award for these injuries as they are not qualifying injuries.’ 

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