Timeline of Poppy Devey Waterhouse's life and relationship with Joe Atkinson as he is jailed for her murder

The boyfriend of a successful university graduate has been given a life sentence for her murder at Leeds Crown Court today (Friday).

Friday, 12th April 2019, 3:00 pm
Updated Friday, 12th April 2019, 3:34 pm
Poppy Devey Waterhouse was viciously murdered by her jealous ex Joe Atkinson while she was asleep in bed, after the court heard he had been unable to accept their relationship was over.

Atkinson, 25, will serve 16 years and two months of the sentence, meaning he will be 40-years-old before he is released on licence.

Poppy, 24, originally from Frome in Somerset, was described in a series of emotional statements in court as "prodigiously-gifted" and a "vibrant" personality, with the attack which ended her life branded "savage" and "senseless".

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The court heard this morning how the couple had been together for three years after meeting at Nottingham University, but had recently split and were continuing to live in the same flat in Richmond Hill.

Here, we take a look at Poppy's life, and the events leading up to Atkinson's despicable crime.