Rapist faces life sentence for prison stabbing

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A PRISONER who didn’t know why he repeatedly stabbed a fellow inmate in a frenzied attack faces the possibility of being handed a life sentence.

Callous James Campbell,23, went on the rampage in the kitchen at HMP Edinburgh on June 10 this year.

The High Court in Edinburgh heard how Campbell - serving time for rape - plunged a blade into fellow sex offender Thomas White,69,.

Campbell - who also has convictions for knife possession, assault and robbery, and assault to severe injury - was caught shortly after the attack.

But he told police he didn’t know why he had stabbed Mr White and that he had been experiencing “urges” and “visions” to attack someone.

The story emerged after Campbell pleaded guilty to a charge of attempted murder before judge Lord Pentland.

Prosecution lawyer Adrian Cottam told the court that Campbell stabbed Mr White in the neck and body.

Judge Lord Pentland deferred sentence on Campbell in order for the court to obtain a report to see if he should be made the subject for an order for lifelong restriction.