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Footballer's murder term increased

Andrew Hall Credit: ITV Anglia

A promising young footballer who murdered his 15-year-old girlfriend in Bedfordshire had his "unduly lenient" sentence increased by Court of Appeal judges today.

Andrew Hall, 18, a scholar at Stoke City Academy, was originally sentenced to life with a minimum term of 10 years.

Megan-Leigh Peat Credit: ITVAnglia

Hall, of Flitwick, Bedfordshire, pleaded guilty to murdering Megan-Leigh Peat, whom he stabbed 60 times in an attack of "extreme brutality" during which he used two knives.

His minimum term before he can apply for parole was increased to 15 years by three judges in London.

They agreed with submissions made on behalf of Attorney General Dominic Grieve that the 10-year minimum was too low and did not adequately reflect the seriousness of the crime.

Hall's victim was stabbed repeatedly in the head, neck and upper chest.

Luton Crown Court heard in September that the couple argued about Hall's jealousy, an issue that regularly caused problems throughout their nine-month relationship.

The appeal judges heard on Hall's behalf today that he was genuinely remorseful for what he did.

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