Jail term increased for schoolgirl murderer #Ampthill #Flitwick #Bedfordshire

MURDERER: Andrew HallAN ex-Premier League academy footballer who was jailed for killing his girlfriend in a drunken rage will have to serve an extra five years after top judges increased his minimum jail term.

Andrew Hall, 18, of Robin Close, Flitwick, was jailed for at least ten years at Luton Crown Court in September for the murder of 15-year-old Megan-Leigh Peat in Ailesbury Road, Ampthill.

The former Stoke City youth player said he “just lost it” and attacked the teenager with kitchen and vegetable knives after a night out in June.

Today (Thursday, December 6), his case was back in court after a reference by the country’s top law officer, the Attorney General, Dominic Grieve QC, on the basis that the term was too soft.

And three senior judges at the Court of Appeal agreed, ruling the minimum term “unduly lenient” and increasing it to keep Hall inside for at least 15 years.

Giving the judgment, Lady Justice Rafferty said Hall was guilty of a “brutal” attack with two lethal weapons.

The court heard the pair had been in a relationship for some time, but it had been fraught with difficulties, often caused by Hall’s jealousy.

They had been out together with friends on the night of June 8 and returned to a property in Ampthill when Hall launched a savage attack on Megan.

Her body was found shortly before 2am, covered in blood. She had been stabbed 60 times, the force so strong that the knife had damaged the floor underneath her.

Hall later told a doctor who assessed him for sentencing purposes that he had “lost it” when Megan began laughing at him and attacked her with a knife.

He left her dead or unconscious and went out walking for a while, before returning and stabbing her again a few times with a second knife.

Andrew Edis QC, representing the Attorney General, submitted that the minimum term Hall must serve before applying for release was significantly too soft.

He said the 10-year minimum “inadequately reflects the seriousness” of the murder and should be increased to ensure Hall is locked up for longer.

Increasing the term, Lady Justice Rafferty said Hall had deliberately armed himself with the weapons in order to kill his young girlfriend.

She said: “The extreme brutality of the attack, involving many blows with the knife, some of sufficient force to cause blood spatter and deep penetrating wounds to the skull, were an aggravating factor.

“We agree too, having read the psychiatrist’s report, that Hall’s departure from, and returning to, the flat itself aggravates the facts.

“The sentence was unduly lenient. The minimum term of ten years is quashed and for it is substituted one of 15 years.”

Hall can only be freed after serving his minimum term if he can persuade the Parole Board he is no longer a danger to the public.

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