An apparent ‘death stare’ led to a man being fatally stabbed in the neck in an outer Sydney car park.
The 26-year-old stabbing victim, David Campbell, was driving out of the Hawkesbury River reserve car park when three men in a Nissan Skyline coming in gave them a ‘death stare’.
It was a late Saturday afternoon on February 28, 2015 and Mr Campbell and his friends had been drinking beer, vodka and bourbon on the north-western outskirts of Sydney.
David Campbell (pictured left) was fatally stabbed in the neck after fighting in a car park
Mr Campbell’s final hours were outlined on Monday in the NSW Supreme Court, where Stephen McGuiness pleaded guilty to one count of manslaughter.
Justice Robert Hulme was told how McGuiness stabbed Mr Campbell in the neck in front of his mates.
A dispute had broken out between two carloads of young men at the Macquarie Park recreational area in Freemans Reach, across the river from Windsor.
Mr Campbell was driving out of the car park with Scott Wilson, 25, and another friend when three men in a Nissan Skyline coming in gave them a ‘death stare’.
Mr Wilson told Mr Campbell, ‘Let’s just go’, but Mr Campbell made a U-turn and followed the Skyline into the car park, Mr Wilson said in a statement of agreed facts tendered in court.
Stephen McGuiness (pictured right) has pleaded guilty to fatally stabbing David Campbell
Mr Campbell was heard by a Skyline passenger to say, ‘What the f*** are you looking at?’ and, once the cars had parked, Mr Wilson approached and started swinging his fists at the Skyline driver.
An independent witness saw a shirtless Mr Campbell push 26-year-old McGuiness’s chest and say, ‘Come on, fight me,’ the facts said.
McGuiness was seen to back away and say he didn’t want to fight but Mr Campbell felled him with a punch to the head, before a fist fight broke out between them.
Mr Campbell looked to have gained the upper hand but, after he delivered four blows to McGuiness’s head, McGuiness stabbed him in the neck with a knife.
David Campbell’s distraught friends (pictured) had witnessed a fight and fatal stabbing
Mr Campbell stumbled back, saying words to the effect of, ‘he stabbed me’, before collapsing and dying at the scene, the facts said.
An autopsy later found he had a blood alcohol level of 0.138.
McGuiness tried to escape in the Skyline but it crashed nearby, and he fled.
He was arrested at his home the next day but denied stabbing Mr Campbell and even being in the area that day.
He was charged with murder and had been due to stand trial on Monday, but pleaded guilty to manslaughter instead.
McGuiness is due to face a sentence hearing on December 9.
Outside court, Mr Campbell’s sister Patricia Campbell said she hoped her brother’s death would prevent future violence.
‘David was a loving, caring, person – we are a very, very close family and David was very family orientated – David was our rock,’ she told reporters.
‘Our family is now broken and we are all struggling.’
Paramedics try to revive David Campbell at the Hawkesbury River car park in February 2015