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English Premier League: Stoke City Trainee Found Guilt of Murder

Andrew Hall, a former academy player at English Premier League side Stoke City, was today sentenced to life imprisonment for murdering his girlfriend, Megan-Leigh Peat, 15.

The 18-year-old midfielder was said to be close to a full-time Premier League contract, but in May he was released from the club. On June 9 the body of Megan was found in the house of a mutual friend. No motive has been voiced.

Hall admitted to stabbing Ms Peat in the head, neck and chest over 60 times. The attack came after Hall had spent an evening with his girlfriend at some pubs in the Flitwick area of Bedfordshire. She was attended to by emergency services, but succumbed to her wounds and severe blood loss. Hall went on to spend several days in hospital with lacerations on his hands and arms.

Judge Foster presided over the case and closed with this statement: “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.”

The family of the victim were said to be pleased that Hall had pleaded guilty, but were understandably shaken. “The pain of losing our beautiful daughter and the tragic and awful way she died will stay with us for the rest of our lives,” a family statement read.