Guilty plea in Megan Peat murder - Bedfordshire

07/09/2012

Eighteen-year old Andrew Hall has today, Friday 7 September 2012, pleaded guilty to the murder of teenager Megan Peat and has been sentenced to life imprisonment.

Megan, aged 15, died after being repeatedly stabbed at a house in Ailesbury Road, Ampthill, during the early hours of Saturday 9 June 2012. At the time of her death, she was in a relationship with Andrew Hall and had been out with him on the night she was killed.

Mr Hall was arrested shortly after the fatal incident occurred. At Luton Crown Court, he admitted killing Megan, who lived with her family in Flitwick Road, Westoning. He was sentenced to life and to serve a minimum of 10 years imprisonment.

Baljit Ubhey OBE, Chief Crown Prosecutor for Thames and Chiltern Crown Prosecution Service, said: We have worked closely with the police since this investigation was launched. This was a tragic crime, which led to the untimely death of Megan Peat.

"Todays guilty plea has spared Megans family the ordeal of sitting through a trial and listening to the horrific details of how Megan was killed, while at a mutual friend's house, by her so called boyfriend.

"As a result of the hard work and diligence of the prosecution team, a just outcome has been achieved for the victim and her family. We hope that the conviction and sentence will in some way help the family come to terms with this tragic event and move forward with their lives.

"Hall has today been sentenced to life imprisonment and is to serve a minimum term of 10 years. However, no matter how long the prison sentence is, we acknowledge that nothing can make up for the loss felt by the family and friends of Megan. Our thoughts are very much with them at this time."

Senior Investigating Officer, Detective Inspector Richard Wall, from the Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire Major Crime Unit (BCHMCU), said: "While I am pleased that Megans family will not have to go through the trauma of hearing evidence at a trial, it does not take away the fact that the lives of many have been forever changed by what happened. Nothing will bring Megan back or restore her family's faith in the world following the loss of their daughter and sister in such violent and tragic circumstances.

"We know that Megan is missed by all who knew her, but I hope that knowing the person responsible for taking her from them has admitted his guilt and has been brought to justice will go some way to help them begin to rebuild their lives."