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INTERVIEW: Melanie Road's mother tells her story

After more than a thirty year wait, the family of a teenager watched today as her killer was finally brought to justice.

Melanie Road was stabbed to death in June 1984 - a murder which stunned the city of Bath and appalled the country.

Today, father of four Christopher Hampton admitted her murder. He's spent the last three decades living a normal life as a decorator in Bristol, hiding his appalling secret from everyone who knew him.

Melanie's mother Jean is now in her 80s and has never before spoken publicly about the loss of her daughter.

Ahead of today's court hearing, she gave one interview - to ITV News.

In her own words, here's her story:

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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.

Father of three denies murdering Bath teenager 30 years ago

A 63-year-old man has denied murdering a Bath schoolgirl more than 30 years ago.

Christopher Hampton is accused of stabbing Melanie Road multiple time in the early hours of June 9, 1984.

He was arrested after Avon and Somerset Constabulary tested hundreds of men who had been in the city at the time of Melanie's death.

He appeared at Bristol Crown Court via video link, where the father -of-three spoke only to enter his not guilty plea.

A trial expected to last four weeks is scheduled to start on May 9 next year after further scientific evidence is gathered.

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