Carl Woodall: 3 men jailed for at least 87 years for beating dad-of-five to death in Rowley Regis

The men who killed Carl Woodall in a brutal attack were jailed for a total of at least 87 years

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A dad-of-five was stripped naked and savagely beaten to death during a two hour torture ordeal.

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

Mark Campbell, Simmion Goldbourne and James McGhee used a machete, a large knife and a wooden handle to hack and thrash the victim to death. His killers have now been jailed for at least 87 years in total.

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

Three men have been found guilty of beating dad-of-five  Carl Woodall (left) to death. Pictured top right, Simmion Goldbourne, Mark Campbell. Bottom right James McGhee.Three men have been found guilty of beating dad-of-five  Carl Woodall (left) to death. Pictured top right, Simmion Goldbourne, Mark Campbell. Bottom right James McGhee.
Three men have been found guilty of beating dad-of-five Carl Woodall (left) to death. Pictured top right, Simmion Goldbourne, Mark Campbell. Bottom right James McGhee.

Victim was thought to be conscious for much of the attack

Jurors heard that he ultimately died from a traumatic brain injury but defensive bruises and cuts on his arms suggested he was conscious for much of the attack.

Police tracked down his killers, who are all from Nottingham, using CCTV and piecing together the links Mr Woodall had 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 sentencing hearing on Friday Campbell and Goldbourne were jailed for life to serve a minimum of 36 years while McGhee was given 15 years in jail.

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

Officers say he spent time in a hotel in Halesowen, West Midlands, and visited the Doulton Trading Estate near the murder scene.

It is thought he had a dispute with Mr Woodhall’s stepsons and left the area before returning with McGhee and Goldbourne days later.

Mr Woodall was nicknamed ‘Del Boy’ by pals due to his wheeler-dealing and selling items on eBay.

The court heard he had moved into 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 with passengers Goldbourne and Campbell inside at 1.15am.

Minutes later, Goldbourne and Campbell were seen looking around the premises 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.

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

Carl Woodall.Carl Woodall.
Carl Woodall.

Blood stains found in car

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

Forensic analysis of the unit showed that an untidy search had been made and a bloodstained knife and machete were found.

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

McGhee was later seen with a large amount of cash when he re-fuelled his car and bought snacks at a local garage.

He took a large blood-stained crowbar back home with him which police later found in his garden.

When the car was seized, Mr Woodall’s blood stains were found in the front passenger and rear seat.

Goldbourne was also caught on CCTV dumping a bag containing the clothes he wore on the night of the killing, in a skip.

‘Cruelty meted out is incomprehensible’

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

“He died in horrific circumstances and I cannot imagine how painful their loss is.

“We do not fully understand why Carl was killed but his death was senseless and the level violence used against him is deplorable.

“Carl was a quiet and well-liked man, he had five children, three of which are very young.

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

“I hope the outcome at court today offers some solace to Carl’s family.”

Following the case, Mark Paul, of the Crown Prosecution Service, said: “I cannot even begin to comprehend the horror of Carl Woodall’s final moments during the vicious and sustained attack that claimed his life.

“The cruelty which was meted out to him by the defendants is incomprehensible.

“Their actions have caused immense pain to Mr Woodall’s family and friends, and while no sentencing outcome can return Mr Woodall to those that love him, I hope it brings them comfort that justice has been done today.

“My thoughts remain with Mr Woodall’s family and friends at this very difficult time for them.”

‘His life has been needlessly taken away’

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

“He kept himself to himself and did not deserve to die in such horrific circumstances.

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

“His life has been needlessly taken away from everyone who loves him. We will never know why Carl was targeted in such a senseless way.

“He will always be in our hearts and will forever be missed”.

A friend said: “Carl will always be Del Boy to me. He’ll be ducking and diving in heaven now. He had his problems but he’ll be really missed.”