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Newcastle man arrested after allegedly hiring hitman to shoot ex-girlfriend’s mother at her home

Man is arrested at gunpoint and charged with ordering a hitman to murder his ex-girlfriend’s mother, 61, in front of her eight-week-old grandchild in a horrific doorstep shooting

  • Man arrested at gunpoint by police after allegedly hiring hitman in Newcastle
  • Stuart Daniel Campbell was arrested while driving his mobile home on Friday
  • Police allege he hired hitman to kill ex-girlfriend’s mother Stacey Klimovitch
  • Mrs Klimovitch was allegedly gunned down in her home at 8pm on June 9 


A man has been arrested at gunpoint by police after allegedly hiring a hitman to shoot his ex-girlfriend’s mother at her home in front of her eight-week old grandchild. 

Stuart Daniel Campbell, 29, was arrested while driving his mobile home at Honeysuckle in Newcastle, NSW, on Friday.

Detectives allege he hired a hitman to gun down Stacey Klimovitch, 61, after the pair’s relationship deteriorated.

Mrs Klimovitch was allegedly shot through the screen door of her flat on Queen Street at 8pm on June 9. 

Detectives allege Stuart Daniel Campbell hired a hitman to gun down Stacey Klimovitch, 61, (pictured) after the pair’s relationship deteriorated 

Mrs Klimovitch was allegedly shot through the screen door of her flat on Queen Street at 8pm on June 9

Mrs Klimovitch was allegedly shot through the screen door of her flat on Queen Street at 8pm on June 9

The retired swimming teacher’s 31-year-old daughter and her eight-week-old granddaughter were also at the home at the time.

Detectives swooped in on the alleged hitman, 45, and took him into custody in Canberra just hours after arresting Campbell.

He is currently being held on an arrest warrant for murder and will be extradited to Newcastle.

Campbell was charged with murder and he will appear at Newcastle Local Court on Saturday.

Devastated friends and neighbours said they had spoken to Ms Klimovitch just moments before she was allegedly gunned down. 

‘I’ve never heard a gunshot but there was no mistake what it was’, a friend told 9 News.

‘That’s when I heard the noise and the screaming. I tried to call her and couldn’t get her on the phone.

‘She was a brand new grandmother, and so happy to be a brand new grandmother.’

‘I’m going to miss her. Things like this shouldn’t be allowed to happen.’

Devastated friends and neighbours said they had spoken to Ms Klimovitch just moments before she was allegedly gunned down

Devastated friends and neighbours said they had spoken to Ms Klimovitch just moments before she was allegedly gunned down

The 61-year-old is survived by three daughters and an autistic son, who requires full-time care.

Other local residents said more than a dozen police officers attended the scene with sniffer dogs, while a helicopter flew overhead.

Detective Superintendent Wayne Humphrey described the attack as ‘horrendous’.

‘An innocent person has answered the front door of a home and she’s been shot in the chest and killed in the presence of a relative and a child’, he said.

‘It doesn’t get any worse.’

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