"FOR IT IS IMPOSSIBLE AS REGARDS THOSE WHO HAVE ONCE FOR ALL BEEN ENLIGHTENED…
BUT WHO HAVE FALLEN AWAY, TO REVIVE THEM TO REPENTANCE, BECAUSE
THE SON OF GOD AFRESH FOR THEMSELVES AND EXPOSE HIM TO
(From Hebrews 6:4-6).
Killer without mercy:
THE DISCIPLE OF DEATH
Daily Express 13/3/85.
EVIL, Christine Sawbridge, a 16-year-old
Jehovah's Witness, was behind bars last night after being
convicted of murder.
Her victim was a woman of 84 whom she had befriended through the religious sect.
Sawbridge was led shaking and in tears from the dock at Stafford Crown Court.
She was ordered to be detained during Her Majesty's pleasure. This is the
equivalent of a life sentence because she is under 18. When she is 21 she
will be moved from a youth Custody Centre to a prison.
Her boyfriend, Trevor Campbell, 20, was also found guilty of murder. He was
jailed for life.
On the surface, Sawbridge was a
teenager who stood on doorsteps offering the Jehovah's Witness magazine
Below the surface, she was a liar, cheat,
self-confessed sneak thief and shoplifter.
At the age of 15, greed turned her into a killer
With Campbell she went to rob the home of old Mrs Ethel Cawood in Smethwick,
Sawbridge struggled with Mrs Cawood then shouted:
"Come on Trev. What are you waiting for?" He smashed a milk bottle over Mrs
Cawood's head. There was a frenzied knife attack in which she was stabbed 19
Sawbridge ignored the pitiful cries for help. "Oh Christine, Christine…O please
help me," pleaded Mrs Cawood as Campbell plunged a carving knife into her chest.
After the attack Sawbridge wiped the blood from her skirt and from her
Then she joined her parents at a pub "free 'n' easy" session, going on stage to
sing her mother's favourite song, Somewhere Over The Rainbow.
with Mrs Cawood's body still lying undiscovered, she joined the family for a
Sunday morning prayer meeting at their
local Kingdom Hall in Smethwick.
That night Sawbridge and Campbell went
back to the old woman's house to burn it down and destroy the evidence.
But before the fire took hold, a motorist raised the alarm and Mrs Cawood's body
was discovered. In the witness box Sawbridge claimed she had been "an innocent
bystander" rooted to the spot as her boyfriend made his frenzied attack. The prosecution said that was a lie. Campbell, the court heard, was telling the
truth when he told detectives: "It was Christine's idea. She said if we did the
old lady's, we could probably get £100 or maybe more."
In the weeks that followed the murder Sawbridge was
questioned five times by detectives, always maintaining she was innocent.
Even when her brother, Neil, was taken in as a suspect she did not crack.
Mrs Cawood was only 5ft tall, weighing 7st. She had attended weekly Bible study
sessions at the Sawbridge family home in Sabell Road, Smethwick.
Sawbridge's parents are devout members of the sect.
Christine and brother Neil, three years older, were both brought up in the
faith. But when she was 14 Sawbridge rebelled and "started doing her own thing."
She began to prey on elderly members of the church.
Sawbridge helped her father to distribute the
magazines Watchtower and Awake to members.
Twice she used the opportunity to steal money from
old women she called on while their backs were turned.
Elders of the church confronted Sawbridge and she
confessed. They warned the congregation to turn her away from the doorstep or
watch closely if they invited her in.
Last spring Sawbridge, started going out with Campbell, a West Indian. Her
mother, Thelma said: "Normally Jehovah's Witnesses associate together. She
should have had a boyfriend who was a Witness but Christine thought a lot of
Sawbridge confided in a friend about a house she knew with cash and silver, and
said she was going to get her boyfriend to "do it." It was the home of Mrs
Last night sect leaders refused to talk about the case
has been enough adverse publicity already," said one official.
"But know this, that in the last days critical times hard to deal with will be
here. For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money,
self-assuming, haughty, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful,
disloyal, having no natural affection, not open to any agreement,
slanderers, without self-control, fierce, without love of goodness,
betrayers, headstrong, puffed up [with pride], lovers of pleasures rather
than lovers of God, having a form of godly devotion but proving false to
its power; and from these turn away. For from these arise those
men who slyly work their way into households and lead as their captives weak
women loaded down with sins, led by various desires, always learning and
yet never able to come to an accurate knowledge of truth."
(2 Tim 3:1
"For the dwelling tower itself has been forsaken,
the very hubbub of the
city has been abandoned; O'phel and the watchtower
have become bare fields, for time indefinite the exaltation of
zebras, the pasture of droves". (Isaiah 32:14).