A promising footballer who was on the brink of turning professional brutally stabbed his 15-year-old girlfriend 60 times with two different knives following arguments over his jealousy.
Andrew Hall, 18, a scholar at Stoke City Academy, pleaded guilty to murder at Luton Crown Court and was jailed by Judge Richard Foster for life with a minimum of 10 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 about 1.30am on June 9 in the kitchen of a mutual friend's house where the pair were alone. She died of severe blood loss and her injuries included defensive wounds to her hands and arms.
During sentencing Judge Foster told 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."
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, Bedfordshire, 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, who attended Harlington Upper School in Bedfordshire, 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 was determined to rejoin Hall at the White Hart in Ampthill to reconcile their differences - 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.
In a statement read outside court on behalf of Megan's family, Detective Inspector Richard Wall, from the Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire and Cambridgeshire major crime unit, said: "We are satisfied that Andrew Hall has pleaded guilty to this offence. The day Megan died will be forever etched in our memories, it was the day our lives were torn apart.
"Megan was a healthy, vibrant, loving and caring person who was very much loved by all her family and all her many friends. She had her whole life ahead of her. Before her untimely death we were an ordinary family leading an ordinary life. Since that fateful day our world has changed beyond recognition. We would like to thank all police forces involved for their support, especially our family liaison team."