Teenager, 19, admits raping and murdering female football coach, 18, after stabbing her eight times in the back

A TEENAGER today has admitted to raping and murdering female football coach after stabbing her eight times in the back.

Joseph Trevor, 19, has pleaded guilty to the murder of Megan Newton, 18, in Stoke-on-Trent in April last year.

Trevor strangled her unconscious and stabbed her to death, Stoke-on-Trent Live reports.

Stoke City fan Megan was attacked after she invited Trevor to her flat – which was in a supported housing complex run by domestic abuse and homelessness charity Arch – because he was too drunk to go home.

Adrian Keeling QC, prosecuting, told Stafford Crown Court: “He raped and murdered her in the early hours of April 20. He did so at her flat.

“She invited him back as an act of kindness. He got so drunk on drink and drugs and could not go home to his parents.

“He raped her and stabbed her in the back eight times.”

Trevor was later seen that night walking to a bridge on the A500 with his legs the wrong side of the railings.

There was an outpour of grief for Megan at the time of her tragic death.

Megan's family at the time paid tribute to the promising young teen, saying in a statement: "We just can’t believe what’s happened. Our hearts are broken and our family is devastated.

"Meg was a beautiful young woman who had everything to live for.

"She was into sport in a big way. She loved playing football and used to give up her weekends to work as an assistant coach for the under 7s.

"She loved working with children and was studying sports at college as well as holding three jobs down at the same time. Meg had plans for the future – she was so independent and knew what she wanted to do with her life. We were all behind her every step of the way and would have done anything for her.

"She was a young woman in the prime of life, so precious and loving and such a big part of our lives. We just adored her.

"Family meant everything to Meg and we’re all struggling with what’s happened. It just doesn’t feel real."

Friends described their footballer and coach pal as “outgoing”, “fun” and “amazing”.

Megan’s best friend Ricardo Eccles, 18, was planning to go shopping with the former student the day after she was found dead.

He said: “When I got the phone call to say that it was Meg, I was so shocked. I refused to believe it at first.

"I've been a complete mess for a few days but I have to try to pull myself together for Meg.

"Her life has been cruelly cut short in its prime. She'd only just turned 18. She had her whole life ahead of her.

"We'd been planning to go to Manchester on Sunday. It's just heartbreaking."

Trevor initially pleaded not guilty to the charges at a hearing last summer, but today pleaded guilty to murder and two charges of rape.

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