No5 Barristers’ Chambers counsel prosecute football coach murder case

Mon, 24 Feb 2020

Adrian Keeling QC and Earl Pinnock have seen 19-year-old Joseph Trevor jailed after he admitted murder and two charges of rape on what was to have been the first day of his trial at Stafford Crown Court.

Megan Newton, 18, was found dead in her bedsit in Fletcher Road, Stoke-on-Trent, on 20 April after she had “as an act of kindness” offered Trevor, of Trentham, a place to stay overnight.

Youth football coach Miss Newton and the defendant, the son of a retired Staffordshire police officer, knew each other from their school days.

Mr Keeling told the court she had invited him back "because he got so drunk on drink and drugs he could not face going home to his parents".

"He raped her, strangled her unconscious and then stabbed her in the back eight times," he said.

The 19-year-old was handed a life sentence with a minimum term of 22 years. He was also placed on the sex offenders' register indefinitely.

Sentencing him Judge Michael Chambers QC said Trevor had carried out a "brutal and sustained attack, conducted in a most callous way in her own home".

To read more on the case visit: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-stoke-staffordshire-51535317

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