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Life sentence for footballer who stabbed girlfriend 60 times

Andrew Hall admitted murdering 15-year-old Megan-Leigh Photo:

A former scholar of Stoke City's football academy brutally stabbed his 15-year-old girlfriend 60 times with two different knives following arguments over his jealousy, a court heard today.

Andrew Hall pleaded guilty to murder today at Luton Crown Court and was jailed by Judge Richard Foster for life with a minimum of ten years.

Megan-Leigh Peat, described by family as a caring, loving and bright girl, was stabbed repeatedly by her boyfriend in the head, neck and upper chest at around 1.30am on June 9 in the kitchen of a mutual friend's house where the couple were alone.

She died of severe blood loss and her injuries included defensive wounds to her hands and arms.

Megan-Leigh Peat was stabbed at a house in Bedfordshire

"Megan Peat will never experience the thrill and success of exam results, going on to higher education, or perhaps being a bridesmaid at a best friend's wedding or an 18th birthday party. Her life ended in your hands at 15 years old. Only you know why you did what you did that night and what the catalyst was for such a ferocious attack. It is clear you were jealous of her innocent friendships with others."

– Judge Richard Foster

Iain Wicks, prosecuting, told the court that on the night Hall murdered the young teenager they had been drinking with friends at the Bumble Bee pub in Flitwick watching a Euro 2012 match.

The couple began arguing about Hall's jealousy, an issue which regularly caused problems throughout their nine month relationship, he said.

Megan left the pub to return home to her mother and step-father, telling friends she "couldn't do it any more" and was "scared" following the arguments.

But when the argument continued by text message, Megan returned to sort out their differences at the White Hart in Ampthill - despite his insistence that they leave any discussion until the following Monday.

The court heard how her mother, who believed her daughter to be in her bedroom at the time, had concerns over the relationship.

After spending some time with her boyfriend at the pub, the pair were last seen leaving hand in hand with the keys to their friend's empty house in Ailesbury Road in Ampthill.

Hall was next seen by bouncers around an hour later when he rushed to the White Hart, where his friends were still drinking, covered in blood confessing to bouncers: "I think I just killed my girlfriend, oh my God, I love her so much, what have I done?"

He later added: "I've ruined my life and my career, as well as her life."

Megan was found in a pool of her own blood with 60 stab wounds to her head, neck and upper chest.

Next to her were two knives both used in the attack, a 19-and-a-half cm serrated bread knife and another described as "vegetable knife".

Hall, who suffered injuries to his hands which he told doctors had happened when one of the knives slipped, was estimated to be about two and a half times the drink-drive limit at the time of the stabbing.

Peter McCartney, mitigating, said the attack was a "catastrophic loss of control".

He added: "Mr Hall is extremely remorseful. He appreciates the extreme distress and bereavement he has caused to her family.

"He is at a loss to know how he could have lost control to the extent that he did."

Mr Wicks said Hall had been named Stoke Academy's player of the season and was on the brink of becoming a professional with the club.