A young person has pleaded responsible to the homicide and rape of an 18-year-old lady who took him to her home because he was too drunk to go home.
Joseph Trevor, 19, right now pleaded responsible to the homicide and rape of Megan Newton in Stoke-on-Trent in April final yr.
Megan died after she was stabbed eight times in the back in her personal home. The killer, who had beforehand been accused of raping one other lady however by no means prosecuted, strangled Megan till she was unconscious and stabbed her to loss of life, Stoke-on-Trent Reside studies.
Trevor had earlier been taken to a police station after he was discovered with a bag of white powder, which turned out to be ketamine, throughout an evening out.
Adrian Keeling QC, prosecuting, informed Stafford Crown Courtroom: “He raped and murdered her in the early hours of April 20. He did so at her flat.
“She invited him back as an act of kindness. He received so drunk on drink and medication and couldn’t go home to his mother and father.
“He raped her and stabbed her in the back eight times.”
The prosecutor continued: “He was seen to conceal a bag of white powder down his trousers and the police had been referred to as.
“He was taken to the police station so officers may undertake a correct search.
“The white powder, ketamine, was discovered. Police seized the bag and informed him he would have to go back at a later stage. They let him out of police custody.
“CCTV reveals he went to the city centre to a taxi rank at 3.20am.
“Megan had also gone out that night. She had finished her shift at a fish and chip shop in Trent Vale at 10.20pm, went home and got changed before going out at 11pm.”
And he said: “There was no proof the deceased was sexually attracted to him that evening or in any respect.
“It is doubtless the intercourse alone was a set off for her homicide. It appears clear the defendant strangled her together with his palms.
“She was unconscious however nonetheless in all probability alive.
“That strangulation would have taken 15 to 30 seconds of neck strain.
“Because the deceased lay there, the defendant received out of bed, armed himself with a knife and stabbed her 9 times in the neck area and her back.
“On CCTV, his appearance leaving the flat was remarkably composed.”
Mr Keeling mentioned the defendant later informed a psychiatrist he had beforehand been accused of rape, though he was by no means prosecuted.
He mentioned the set off for homicide was that Megan mentioned she was sorry for telling individuals he had raped a woman.
That made him very indignant with her. He accepted grabbing her across the throat.
Trevor was later seen strolling to a bridge on the A500 together with his legs the incorrect facet of the railings.
Megan was residing at a supported housing complicated run by charity Arch, which tackles home abuse and homelessness.
Her dad, Michael mentioned: “She was so enthusiastic about ending faculty and talked about going to America to examine.
“I am never going to see her grow and blossom into the amazing woman she was going to be. My life has been ripped apart. She was amazing caring, kind, loving,funny young lady.”
Tributes had been paid to avid Stoke Metropolis fan Megan, who was a eager footballer and coach, following her loss of life.
Samantha Duckers added: “We have spent the entire weekend wishing and praying it wasn’t you Meg.
“We’re all devastated at your loss and the soccer group won’t ever be the identical with out you.
“The girls and staff at Stoke Town are in shock but we will never forget your time with us. Thank you for lighting up our lives, we will miss you Meg.”
The killer initially pleaded not responsible to the fees at a listening to final summer season, however right now pleaded responsible to homicide and two expenses of rape.
In a press release after her loss of life, her household mentioned: “Our hearts are damaged. Meg was a phenomenal younger lady who had every part to reside for.
“She was in the prime of life, so valuable and loving. We adored her.
“She was into sport in a big way. She loved playing football and used to give up her weekends to work as an assistant coach for the under 7s.”