Megan Newborough was brutally murdered on August 6, 2021 by her boyfriend, Ross McCallum.
The murder took place in Coalville City, Leicestershire, in the living room of his home, where he strangled her and then slit her throat 14 times with a kitchen knife.
McCallum then took her body in his car, dumped it on Charly Road near Woodhouse Eaves and covered it up. However, investigative work by the local police found the whereabouts of the body.
However, at the Crown Court hearing, Ross Mcallam, unsurprisingly, pleaded guilty to manslaughter rather than murder, even though he denied killing Megan, who both worked together and had been dating for some time.
Prior to her disappearance, Newborough had arranged to meet McCullam at his home in Windsor Close, Coalville, Leicestershire. No one knew this would be their last meeting.
McCullam’s parents were there that day to greet the girl and saw firsthand the conversation between their son and his girlfriend. Newborough told her own parents that she was going for a walk with a colleague and promised to get home on time.
However, when Newborough stopped responding to calls or messages, both families panicked as their worst fears began to mount. Megan Newborough was reported missing mid-Saturday morning by her father, Anthony.
While investigating her whereabouts, her brother used an app to locate her phone on Heritage Road in Coalville, the police visited the area, but it appeared that Mr.
McCullam had thrown it away. He was reportedly drinking in a bar in Loughborough when his father went to pick him up and take him home, where he would soon be arrested.
To complicate matters, Elaine sent her daughter an alarming text asking, “Are you alive?” – emphasizing how worrying Ms Newborough’s disappearance was.
Megan’s boyfriend – The killer
After a jury found Connor McCollam guilty of murdering Megan in August 2020, Solicitor General Michael Tomlinson decided to refer the case to the Court of Appeal
The hearing is scheduled for Tuesday, March 7 and provides an opportunity for further justice for Megan’s family from Nuneaton
. To justify his reasons for sending the case on appeal, Tomlinson referred to evidence presented at trial regarding McCollam’s traumatic childhood experiences and the resulting post-traumatic stress syndrome from which he suffered. Understandably, experts testified about how this could have led to Megan’s violent death.
While there is no doubt that justice must be served for this heartbreaking case, we can hope that it will also provide closure and give strength to those affected by her untimely death.
Judge Philip Head told McCullam: “It was her terrible misfortune to enter into a relationship with you.”
During the hearing, Megan’s older sister, Claire, gave a victim impact statement. She said: “You are an unpredictable menace and a danger to women, and you seem to crave some notoriety. Megan always thought she could fix people, but selecting evil is not possible.
Furthermore, she said, “I hope she haunts you forever. The loss of Megan is so profound that words cannot describe the emptiness we feel. Megan was a sensitive soul and all she ever wanted was to be loved.”
After reviewing surveillance footage of Mr McCullam leaving the crime scene in a taxi, police analyzed his mobile phone, giving him an in-depth look at his online activities and state of mind just before the incident.
Amazingly, the defendant had searched for topics related to some of Britain’s most notorious criminals, such as Levi Bellfield, Peter Sutcliffe and Ian Huntley. This disturbing development raises the question of whether this was premeditated or just a tragic coincidence.
The court proceedings were particularly revealing and full of evidence, as they were able to cross-reference some of the activities Mr McCullam had engaged in before committing the crime.
These activities included throwing a cell phone into roadside bushes and continuing to text the deceased in an attempt to lay a false trail.
In addition, three hours after committing the murder, he left a voicemail professing his love for her – a stark contrast to his actual actions.
Mr Cammegh noted that this was contrived deceit to the ears of law enforcement officials, which seemed to suggest that Mr McCullam was premeditated about what would later emerge in court.
Moreover, it told the court that he was also browsing p*rnography websites before committing his heinous act.