A MONSTER uncle who lured his teen niece into a van then murdered her before dumping the body has made a bid for freedom.
Stuart Campbell was jailed for life in 2002 for killing 15-year-old Danielle Jones with a recommendation he should serve at least 20 years.
But the Parole Board confirmed the fiend, now 64, has been granted a parole hearing early next year.
If successful, Campbell could be back on the streets just weeks later – despite never revealing where Danielle's body is.
The monster, who was previously convicted of keeping a 14-year-old girl in his house and taking indecent photos, has maintained his innocence.
His hearing will now fall under Helen's Law, which makes it a legal requirement for the panel to consider non-disclosure.
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Danielle was last seen on the morning of 18 June, 2001, walking to a bus stop near her home in East Tilbury, Essex.
Campbell, who was married to the teen's dad's sister, Debbie, had bundled Danielle into a blue Transit van to abduct her.
Suspicion quickly fell on the sicko, who had an unhealthy interest in teen girls and was grooming his niece for months.
During his murder trial, it emerged Campbell had sent messages he claimed were from Danielle and gave a false alibi.
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Police also discovered a pair of white stockings with her DNA on at his home and her lip gloss.
The creep also kept a diary detailing his lurid fascination with teenage girls.
Campbell was convicted of murder and abduction and jailed for life.
The High Court ruled he should serve at least 20 years before being considered for parole – meaning the minimum term was up in November last year.
If he is not released from jail, Campbell could instead be moved to an open prison.
Danielle's mum Linda Jones previously vowed to face her daughter's killer at his parole hearing.
She said: "It’s important I tell him face-to-face how this has impacted on me and I will be reading my statement out myself.
"He’s going to see what he has done to me. It’s not something I’m looking forward to.
"Whether I look at him, I couldn’t tell you, but he needs to be in that room listening to what he has done to the family.”
The Parole Board confirmed the case has been referred to them and that a hearing will take place next year.
A spokesperson said: "Parole Board decisions are solely focused on what risk a prisoner could represent to the public if released and whether that risk is manageable in the community.
"A panel will carefully examine a huge range of evidence, including details of the original crime, and any evidence of behaviour change, as well as explore the harm done and impact the crime has had on the victims.
"Members read and digest hundreds of pages of evidence and reports in the lead up to an oral hearing.
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"Evidence from witnesses such as probation officers, psychiatrists and psychologists, officials supervising the offender in prison as well as victim personal statements may be given at the hearing.
"It is standard for the prisoner and witnesses to be questioned at length during the hearing which often lasts a full day or more. Parole reviews are undertaken thoroughly and with extreme care. Protecting the public is our number one priority."
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