9 June 2022

Samuel Campbell committed to face murder trial over fatal Cooma stabbing

| Albert McKnight
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Samuel Albert Campbell, 22, has been committed to the Supreme Court to face a murder trial. Photo: File.

The youth accused of murder after allegedly stabbing an older man to death on the Monaro more than a year ago has been committed to stand trial.

Samuel Albert Campbell, now 22, was arrested in bushland on Shannons Flat Road, north of Cooma, on 15 February 2021.

NSW Police said they had been called to Cooma Hospital at about 4 am that day after two men arrived suffering from stab wounds.

A 19-year-old man had wounds to his arms and was taken to Canberra Hospital where he remained stable.

However the 38-year-old man, who had stab wounds to his abdomen, neck and chest, died on arrival.

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Mr Campbell was arrested and charged with murder as well as wounding a person with intent to cause grievous bodily harm.

On Wednesday (8 June), his case was heard in the Cooma Local Court, where Magistrate Roger Clisdell committed him to stand trial in the NSW Supreme Court.

Mr Campbell was listed to appear in the higher court for an arraignment on 5 August. He did not apply for bail and it was formally refused.

No pleas have been entered.

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