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Father-of-four sentenced to life for murdering teenager from Bath

A father-of-four has been sentenced to life imprisonment for the murder of a Bath teenager over 30 years ago.

An artist's impression of Christopher Hampton at a previous hearing. Credit: Elizabeth Cook

Christopher Hampton today admitted murdering Melanie Road in Lansdown in June 1984. The 64-year-old from the Staple Hill area of Bristol is a painter and decorator.

In court, the judge told Hampton: "You will very likely die in prison" as he delivered the sentence.

Hampton will service a minimum of 22 years in prison for the murder of Melanie in 1984. She was 17 - and therefore a child.

The body of the 17-year-old was discovered behind garages in the suburb. She had been repeatedly stabbed and sexually assaulted.

Melanie was found with multiple stab wounds to her chest and back. Credit: Family

You were 32. You didn't know each other. Melanie was 17, a happy, outgoing and sociable girl who at the time of her death was about to take her A-levels.

It was a life full of promise.

Only you will know precisely how you approached her and carried out your attack but certain things are plain from the evidence.

It was a lengthy and brutal attack for your own sexual gratification.

– Mr Justice Popplewell

Following the attack, Hampton married his second wife and had a daughter, Amy, and stepson Darren with her.

You married and had a child and lived your family life for all those years knowing the extreme misery you must have inflicted on your victim's family but you were too callous and cowardly to put an end to their heartache.

– Mr Justice Popplewell

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Father-of-four appears in court charged with murder of Bath teenager

The 17-year-old had been out with her friends and boyfriend in Bath. Credit: ITV West Country

A father-of-four has appeared in court charged with the murder of a Bath teenager 32 years ago.

Christopher Hampton denies murdering Melanie Road in Lansdown in June 1984. He was arrested after Avon and Somerset Police tested hundreds of men who had been in the city at the time of Melanie's death.

The 64-year-old from the Staple Hill area of Bristol is a painter and decorator.

The body of the 17-year-old was discovered behind garages in the suburb. She had been repeatedly stabbed.

Bath first team coach to join England set up

Neal Hatley talks to head coach Mike Ford Credit: Joe Giddens/EMPICS Sport

Bath Rugby have confirmed first team coach Neal Hatley will join the England set up at the end of the season as their scrum coach.

It’s been a real privilege to have been part of Bath Rugby these past four years.

I’d like to thank my fellow coaches, players and staff for an unforgettable time, during which this team has reached some new heights. I’ll also never forget how great the Bath supporters have been, and I’m hoping we can give them more reason to cheer with two games remaining this season.

– Neal Hatley

I’d like to thank Bath Rugby for their understanding and allowing me to take up this fantastic opportunity. Being asked by Eddie Jones to be part of the national team’s coaching staff is a real honour, and a special moment for me and my family.

It's a very exciting time to be involved with this young England team and for the game in this country.

– Neal Hatley

Hatley joined Bath in 2012 and is widely regarded as one of the best forward coaches in the game.

He's described the move as a real honour, and a special moment for him and my family.

He will join the England setup at the end of the season.

England head coach, Eddie Jones Credit: Andrew Matthews/PA

England Head Coach Eddie Jones described his arrival as an "important appointment" as the Grand Slam winners prepare for June's three-match tour of Australia.

We’re delighted to have brought Neal into the coaching team. Successful English rugby teams have always had strong, powerful, dominant scrums.

Neal is an experienced coach and has impressed me with the work he has done in English rugby.

I’ve no doubt he is the type of character who will thrive in an international environment.

– Eddie Jones, England head coach
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