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Murder sentence increased for former Stoke Academy footballer

A former Stoke City Academy footballer who murdered his 15-year old girlfriend has had his sentence increased by Court of Appeal judges.

Andrew Hall was originally sentenced in September to life with a minimum of 10-years, for the murder of Megan-Leigh Peat.

His minimum term - the least amount of time he must serve behind bars before becoming eligible to apply for parole - was increased to 15 years by three judges in London today.

Lady Justice Rafferty, Mr Justice Globe and Mr Justice Leggatt 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.

Footballer found guilty of murder

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 jealous behaviour, a court heard today.

Andrew Hall pleaded guilty to murdering Megan Leigh-Peat at Luton Crown Court today. He was jailed for life by Judge Richard Foster, serving a minimum of ten years.


Her life ended in your hands, Judge tells court

An 18-year-old footballer has been given a life sentence after pleading guilty to the murder of a 15-year-old girl from Bedfordshire at Luton Crown Court.

Andrew Hall from Flitwick admitted killing Megan-Leigh Peat at a house on Ailesbury Road in Ampthill on 9 June 2012.

Megan, from Westoning in Bedfordshire, died at the house from her injuries and severe blood loss. She had been stabbed multiple times.

Judge Richard Foster told Andrew Hall:

"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