How A 'Perfect' Relationship Between Two Graduates Ended In Savagery



  • Joe Atkinson jailed for minimum of 15 years for killing Poppy Devey Waterhouse
  • Atkinson, 25, was 'fuelled by jealousy' when he burst into her shared flat in Leeds
  • Victim suffered over 100 injuries, including 49 knife injuries and 23 stab wounds
  • Poppy's father revealed his pain at not being 'there when she needed me most'

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.

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.

Joe Atkinson, 25, and Poppy Devey Waterhouse, 24, documented their travels together in smiling social media posts

The attack took place after Atkinson arrived back from his work Christmas party, with the victim suffering more than 100 separate injuries

Poppy's brother Zeb (centre), her father Rupert Waterhouse (right) and her mother Julie Devey (left) arrive at Leeds Crown Court today

Atkinson and Miss Devey Waterhouse on a trip to the Grand Canyon in Arizona, United States

Joe and Poppy had shared a flat together in Leed (police pictured outside the building)

Miss Devey-Waterhouse and Atkinson are pictured together during a trip to San Francisco in March 2017

Miss Devey-Waterhouse achieved 9 A*s and 3 As in her GCSEs, as well as 2 A*s and 1 A at A-level

The couple were keen travellers who shared photos from their trips abroad to countries such as Morocco, Lithuania and Greece

Poppy Devey Waterhouse is pictured with her younger brother Zeb, who gave an emotional impact statement to the court today