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Dad ‘stripped naked and beaten’ to death as 2 Nottingham men accused of murder

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A dad-of-five was ‘stripped naked’ and beaten to death during a sustained attack at an industrial estate, a murder trial has been told. Three men – including two from Nottingham – deny murdering ‘wheeler dealer’ Carl Woodall, Birmingham Live reports.

It’s alleged that Woodall, who died in June last year, suffered 141 injuries at the hands of James McGhee, Mark Campbell, and Simmion Goldbourne. The naked body of 44-year-old Woodall was found at a unit in Doulton Road, in the West Midlands town of Rowley Regis, by his son and his girlfriend on June 28.

A hearing at Wolverhampton Crown Court on Wednesday (April 4) was told how a machete, a large knife and a wooden handle were used to attack the victim’s body. He was wearing just one sock at the time he was found dead.

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Opening the case, prosecutor Mark Heywood QC alleged the defendants ‘acted together’ and are accused of joint enterprise murder. He said: “Mr Woodall had been stripped naked and beaten to death. His attackers had used at least three weapons in the course of that attack. One was a large knife, another was a machete and a third was a large wooden handle.

“This attack did not arise from a sudden loss of control or a momentary loss of temper. Rather, it was sustained and deliberate and was carried out by men who had gone to the unit with a plan.”

He added: “Our case is that all three men were acting together. This was a joint enterprise in which they all shared a common intention to find and to take whatever they were hoping to obtain from that unit and, within the scope of that plan, each was agreed that, if necessary, they were prepared, each of them, to kill Mr Woodall or, at the very least, cause him very serious injury.”

McGhee, of Stanstead Avenue, in the Rise Park area of Nottingham, Campbell, of Glaisdale Drive East, in Bilborough, and Goldbourne, of no fixed abode, all deny murder on June 28 last year. Jurors heard how Mr Woodall – known as Bert to friends and family – moved to a static caravan in a unit he rented at the industrial estate after separating from his ex-partner.

CCTV footage captured a silver Nissan Qashqai driven along Doulton Road by McGhee, 28, with passengers Goldbourne, 28, and Campbell, 39, inside at 1.15am. Minutes later, Goldbourne and Campbell were seen on footage ‘looking around’ the premises and ‘checking the access’ before they returned to the car.

All three men then headed in the direction of Mr Woodall’s caravan before Goldbourne and Campbell scaled a metal fence and entered the yard at the industrial unit. McGhee went back to the car, where he waited for two hours for his accomplices, Mr Heywood alleged.

Mr Heywood said: “At 1.19am, Goldbourne and Campbell were captured on the CCTV approaching Mr Woodall’s unit before they made a turn and went back to the Nissan. McGhee stayed at the Qashqai. It is clear that all three intended to breach the perimeter of Mr Woodall’s unit. At that stage, they could not find an easy way in.

“Goldbourne and Campbell managed to get inside. McGhee was seen on CCTV on his own outside the perimeter fence.” Mr Heywood added: “McGhee, perhaps unable to scale the fence himself, returns to the vehicle and then waits there for something like two hours for his colleagues to return.

“Having got over the fence, Goldbourne and Campbell went first to the caravan and then it appears that Mr Woodall was first assaulted. Thereafter, they went into the unit and it is in the unit where he is beaten more severely, ultimately to the point where he is murdered.

“So the defendants had all arrived together, driven to Doulton Road industrial estate just after 1.15am. Within 45 minutes, by 2am, two of them are inside Mr Woodall’s caravan unit and they stay for two hours to follow.” The prosecutor continued: “At about 4.13am, Goldbourne and Campbell were seen emerging from the unit.

“Goldbourne was carrying a box, Campbell was carrying a bag. McGhee drove them away a few seconds later.” Mr Woodall suffered multiple injuries including to his torso, many which were inflicted with a blade with a ‘sharp edge’.

His head ‘came into contact with machinery’ which had been ‘strewn around the premises’, the court was told. Other injuries were allegedly inflicted with a serrated blade, his face and head were heavily bruised and he suffered a traumatic brain injury.

A knife and a machete were recovered from the scene, Mr Heywood added. Mr Woodall lived ‘like a hermit’ on the industrial estate, where he had been renting a unit for about 14 years – with the rent initially at £300.

At the time of his death, the rent had increased to £375 and he was £1,120 in arrears. Mr Heywood said: “His former partner told police that it was a standing joke that Mr Woodall never had any money and he lived a bit like a hermit. He would buy and sell things day-by-day on eBay.”

Mr Woodall knew alleged killer Campbell through his stepsons Kieran and Joshua – with the three men meeting while they served jail terms at HMP Birmingham in 2018. All defendants lived in Nottingham, while Campbell – whose nickname is ‘Notts’ – also has links to Lincoln where some of his family live.

The three murder-accused men answered no comment during their police interviews, jurors have been told. McGhee gave officers a prepared statement in which he said: “I have no knowledge of the attack on Carl Woodall and played no part in any attack upon him. I’m not responsible for his death or assaulting him. I do not know who he is.”

Goldbourne said in a prepared statement: “I absolutely deny the allegation of murder. I do not have anything further to add and will be answering no comment to all questions put to me.”

The trial continues.

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