A teenager has been found guilty of rape and murder after he sexually assaulted and stabbed his victim after she refused sex.

18-year-old Miles Edward Hughes was accused of stabbing a 15-year-old in the neck in Hampstead Cemetery before raping her.

Hughes, from Dynham Road, NW, will now be sentenced on February 24 following a trial at the Old Bailey on Thursday (January 12).

An investigation was launched following the attack which took place at around 1.30pm on July 9, 2016.

Officers were called to Hampstead Cemetery by a 15-year-old girl who said she had been stabbed in the neck and had suffered minor wounds.

Hampstead cemtery, where Hughes and his victim went to before he stabbed her

The police said Hughes had pulled out a Stanley knife and began cutting the victim on her arms, the Met Police said.

He demanded sex and when she refused, Hughes forced himself on her.

He raped her and tried to stab her in the neck and throat area, the court heard.

A member of the public saw what was happening and told Hughes to stop.

Hughes ran off and climbed over a nearby fence but he was arrested a short time later, which saw him charged on July 11.

DC Gary Fernon of the Metropolitan Police's Sexual Offences Exploitation and Child Abuse Command said: "This was a terrifying ordeal for the young victim who is still coming to terms with what happened.

"I am pleased that Hughes - who was just 17 at the time of the attack - now faces a long spell behind bars for this horrific crime."

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