Besotted but when he was spurned he stabbed her 49 times: HELEN WEATHERS on a 'perfect' relationship

Mail Online | 4/12/2019 | Helen Weathers for the Daily Mail
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First-class maths graduates Poppy Devey Waterhouse and Joe Atkinson seemed the perfect match – an academically gifted golden couple with the world at their feet.

The Nottingham University sweethearts shared a smart flat in Leeds as glittering careers beckoned, and indulged their love of travel.

Romance - Instagram - Page - Photographs - Backdrops

Poppy proudly charted their three-year romance on her Instagram page, with stunning photographs taken against exotic backdrops from all over the world.

In almost every picture, Joe's arm is draped protectively around the shoulder of 'brilliant and beautiful' Poppy, whose dazzling smile lights up her face.

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Who, looking at them, could have predicted that just months after celebrating Joe's 25th birthday abroad in April last year, Poppy, 24, would be stabbed 49 times in a brutal murder by her seemingly devoted boyfriend?

Yesterday, there was no trace of that tanned, laid-back young man from their travels in the dock of Leeds Crown Court as he was sentenced to life, with a minimum tariff of 16 years and two months.

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Dressed in a smart suit, white shirt and blue tie, and with his blond hair neatly parted, he showed no emotion as Mr Justice Lavender told him: 'You ended her life and brought misery to the lives of many others.'

Poppy's devastated family quietly sobbed as the court heard how Atkinson, unable to cope with the end of their relationship, attacked her as she lay sleeping in bed.

Poppy - Frome - Somerset - Yorkshire-born - Atkinson

Poppy, originally from Frome in Somerset, had joined Yorkshire-born Atkinson in Leeds after securing a job as a quantitative trading analyst with bookmakers William Hill.

Together they moved into their first home as young professionals – an executive flat in Saxton Gardens, a gated complex in the Richmond Hill area of the city.

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In December 2017, Poppy posted a picture on social media of the interior, furnished with trendy grey sofas and red cushions, with the caption: 'After...
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