Stoke-on-Trent man jailed for the rape and murder of Megan Newton

|News, Violent crime , Sexual offences

A man who raped and fatally stabbed a good Samaritan who had offered him a place to sleep has been jailed for life.

Joseph Trevor, 19, from Trentam, was drunk and on drugs when he killed 18-year-old Megan Newton in her home on 20 April last year.

The 19-year-old had been out with his friends the night before in a pub and nightclub in the town centre of Newcastle Under Lyme where he had become intoxicated from a cocktail of drugs and alcohol.

After the nightclub closed, Trevor did not want to go home to his parents in his drunken state and was trying to arrange a place to sleep when he came across Miss Newton who he knew from school.

Miss Newton was caught on CCTV lending Trevor her mobile phone so that he could message a female friend of his to try and get her to come and pick him up.

Eventually, Megan Newton offered him a place to stay and around 3.45am, they left together in a taxi with Megan’s friend who they dropped off on the way. 

They were captured on CCTV arriving just before 4am at Megan’s bedsit flat in Victoria Place in Stoke where she offered him a bed for the night as well as nightwear.

However, in the early hours of Saturday 20 April 2019, Trevor raped Megan, strangled her unconscious and stabbed her to death.

After the murder, he was captured on CCTV leaving the flat, and he headed to a bridge over the A500 in Stoke where he sat with his legs on the wrong side of the railings. 

A passer-by saw him and called police. Trevor was detained and assessed by a mental health professional and it was found that he did not need to be hospitalised and he was allowed to go home with his father who by then was with him.

Megan’s body was discovered by her neighbours in the morning and Trevor was arrested at his parents’ home later that day. He gave a prepared statement to the police during his interview through his lawyer where he admitted being with Megan but did not admit to rape and murder.

However, prior to the trial, he pleaded guilty to murder and two counts of rape. Today, at Stafford Crown Court, he was sentenced to life imprisonment with a minimum term of 22 years. He was also placed on the sex offenders' register indefinitely.

Samantha Dixon of the CPS said:

“Megan Newton should be alive today and she is not because of Joseph Trevor. She offered nothing but kindness to him and he cut her life short in the most heinous way.

“He then tried to claim he had no memory of what happened but thanks to the testimony of a psychiatrist, DNA and CCTV footage, there was overwhelming evidence against him and he had no choice but to admit his guilt.

“My thoughts are with Megan’s family for the incredible grief they are suffering.’’

Notes to editors

  • Samantha Dixon is a Senior Crown Prosecutor at CPS West Midlands
  • Sentencing details for Joseph Trevor (DOB: 18/09/2000)
    • Count 1: Murder – life imprisonment with a minimum term of 22 years
    • Counts 2 and 3: Rape – 8 years imprisonment on each to be served concurrently. Indefinite sex offenders’ register.

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