The final moments of a teenage girl’s life before she was raped and brutally killed have been revealed in security footage showing her entering her flat with her killer after a night out.
Megan Newton, 18, was shown letting Joseph Trevor into her flat in Stoke-on-Trent, in central England, at 3.45am on April 20, 2019, after agreeing to let him stay because he was too drunk and high on drugs to return to his parents’ home.
Footage showed Trevor, the son of a retired police officer, accompanying Ms Newton into her bedsit after the old school friends had bumped into each at a nightclub.
Trevor, now 19, who was jailed for a minimum 22 years on Monday after pleading guilty to her murder and two charges of rape.
Once inside the flat, Trevor raped Ms Newton, strangled her and stabbed her at least nine times using a knife from her kitchen. He then let himself out of her building complex using her key, which he tossed in a car park.
He’s seen in security footage two hours after first entering the room, walking away from Ms Newton’s flat and staring at his right hand, which was covered in blood.
The court heard that police had detained Trevor and seized a bag of ketamine from him earlier in the night before releasing him, because he was "unfit" for interview.
When the nightclub closed, Ms Newton and Trevor, described in court as "passing friends" at school, found themselves at the same taxi rank.
Trevor, telling friends his parents "would go mad" if he arrived home in his drunken state, was trying to find a place to sleep for the night, and she told him he could stay in her flat.
The court heard an allegation of oral rape was made against Trevor when he was aged 15 but never prosecuted.
Sports coach Ms Newton had been planning to go to university to become a sports therapist, with hopes of a scholarship in the US.
“This remains a brutal and sustained attack committed in a most callous way in her own home,” Judge Michael Chambers QC said.
“Megan Newton had her whole life before her. She had all the hopes and dreams of an 18-year-old.”
Senior investigating officer, Detective Inspector Cheryl Hannan of Staffordshire Police, said Trevor carried out a sustained and violent assault on Megan.
"She had kindly offered him a place to stay overnight because he had taken drugs and had been stopped by police and was worried about returning home,” she said.
"In return he attacked and killed her and left her lying in her own bed while he let himself out and told no one what he had done.”
“The loss of Meg is unbearable,” Ms Newton’s family said in a statement.
“We’re heartbroken and will always remain so.”
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