Man convicted and sentenced for murder of girlfriend - Stevenage

22/07/2013

A man was found guilty at Blackfriars Crown Court on Friday, 19 July 2013, of murdering teenager Amelia Arnold in Stevenage on 08 November 2012.

Jack Wall, aged 22 of Hadrian's Walk in Stevenage, had been on trial at Blackfriars Crown Court since Wednesday, 03 July.

The court heard how he had killed 19-year-old Amelia by beating her to death after their relationship had broken down. He then dumped her body in a shallow grave in Travellers Lane, Hatfield.  He was sentenced at Blackfriars Crown Court yesterday, Monday, 22 July 2013, to life imprisonment and to serve a minimum of 19 years.

Joseph Potter, aged 41 of Sycamore Avenue in Bletchley, had pleaded guilty to assisting an offender and obstructing a coroner at an earlier hearing.  He was sentenced at Blackfriars Crown Court yesterday, Monday, 22 July 2013, to two and a half years imprisonment.

Baljit Ubhey OBE, Chief Crown Prosecutor for Thames and Chiltern CPS, said: "We have worked closely with Hertfordshire Constabulary since this investigation was launched. This case involved the untimely death of 19-year-old Amelia Arnold, who was beaten to death by her boyfriend. Her life was brought to a premature end in the most brutal of ways.

"The jury at Blackfriars Crown Court found Jack Wall guilty of murder despite his denials.

"As a result of the hard work and diligence of the prosecution team, a just outcome has been achieved for Amelia's family and friends.

"I hope that Friday's conviction and today's sentence will in some way help Amelia's family and friends come to terms with this tragic event and move forward with their lives.

"I acknowledge however, that nothing can make up for the loss felt by her family and friends and our thoughts are very much with them all at this time."

Detective Inspector John Arthur investigated the case and said: "Amelia had been the victim of physical and mental abuse. She was controlled by Jack Wall, who was a bully.

"He cruelly and brutally took Amelia's life leaving their daughter without a mum. The sentence handed to him fully reflects the seriousness of his crime.

"I would like to pay tribute to Amelia's family. Not only have they tragically lost Amelia, Jack Wall has put them through the harrowing ordeal of having to listen to evidence in court, which they did with great dignity.

"We understand it can be extremely difficult for victims to seek help, but I would like to reassure anyone suffering this form of abuse that cases are dealt with sensitively and robustly by police and would urge victims to come forward to report any incidents."