Sheffield man jailed for 'vivacious' girlfriend's murder

A 29-year-old man who stabbed his girlfriend to death after she told him she wanted to end the relationship was jailed for life today and told he must serve a minimum of 15 years.

A judge heard how Polish student Weronika Gospodarczyk, 23, had 44 separate wounds on her body after she was attacked by Colin Campbell at her flat in Sheffield last year.

Campbell murdered Miss Gospodarczyk after she told him she wanted them to split and then received a text message from a friend.

Sheffield Crown Court was told how the defendant stabbed her repeatedly

with a kitchen knife. When that weapon got stuck in her hand, he reached for another knife and continued the assault. She had severe injuries to her face, neck and upper body.

Campbell, who admitted murder, later told lawyers he was "mystified by what happen".

The judge heard how the couple first met when Miss Gospodarczyk - who was from Radom, which is about 40 miles south of the Polish capital, Warsaw - visited Sheffield on a school exchange trip in 2005.

She later returned to the city to study for a BSc in Tourism Management at Sheffield Hallam University and she bumped into Campbell again in a nightclub.

Fiona Swain, prosecuting, said the defendant showed signs of jealousy

throughout their "tumultuous" relationship even though he was seeing other women behind her back.

The court heard how Campbell would self-harm in order to earn his girlfriend's sympathy.

Campbell snapped and attacked Miss Gospodarczyk in the kitchen at her flat in September last year.

The court heard how someone in a neighbouring flat heard a "loud, shrill, high-pitched scream" which went on for several seconds.

Another neighbour arrived to see Campbell attacking Miss Gospodarczyk and said he looked like "he'd lost all control".

Police arrived to find the defendant covered in blood and arrested him. He told officers: "She said she was going to leave me."

Mrs Swain said Miss Gospodarczyk's family had made a statement which said: "The whole family have been left in turmoil, sadness, anger, distress and helplessness. They're feelings which will never go away."

Adrian Waterman QC, defending, explained how his client was consumed with jealousy because he could not believe he was in a meaningful relationship with someone so "intelligent, beautiful, vivacious and fun-loving".

Campbell, of Clinton Walk, Broomhall, Sheffield, admitted one count of murder.

He showed no emotion as he sat in the dock dressed in a black t-shirt and with closely shaved hair.