Died 17th February 2013
Samantha Medland (24) from Peacehaven in Sussex, died after being repeatedly stabbed on 17th February 2013 in Queens Square, Brighton, close to her place of work. Ms Medland was taken to hospital with serious injuries, but died later.
Ty Medland (25), her estranged husband, also from Peacehaven, was arrested at the scene on suspicion of her murder. He was reported to have stab wounds which were not life-threatening.
Samantha Medland was born and educated in Luton and reportedly met and married her husband there in September 2011. She worked at the Domestic and General call centre in Brighton. She was a popular woman and enjoyed playing World of Warcraft, an online fantasy roleplay game.
According to Ty Medland’s Facebook site, Ms Medland had decided to leave him. Just 45 minutes before she was murdered, Medland wrote on Facebook: “Goodbye to all my friends and family.” He alleged Ms Medland had had an affair and complained she had not given him a second chance. According to the Argus, he also posted graphic images and videos of Ms Medland and himself, which The Argus said it “has chosen not to print”.
A 35-year-old Brighton woman told the Argus she saw the attack taking place as she walked home. She said Queen Square was busy at the time. She described watching a man leaning over Ms Medland, adding: “He looked like a wild animal and had staring eyes. He was just stabbing her and stabbing her. He would not stop. There was a crowd of about ten or 15 people stood around. I really wanted to help but he looked crazed – he was like an animal. When the police arrived he went without any resistance. None of us intervened because we were so scared but I now think we should have because he gave in so easily.” She said a group of boys from a nearby apartment stood round and shouted: “Get off her.”
A Facebook group has been formed in Ms Medland’s memory, which includes many tributes. Nicky West said: “RIP Sam, you will be greatly missed.” Megan Newall added: “I’m so shocked and sorry to hear. She was such a nice girl. Thoughts with her family and friends.” Graham Thompson said: “Going to miss our chats we had in World of Warcraft.”
Ben Kornitzer said: “Sam was one of the best people I had the honour to meet. She was the nicest person and she made me have a great time on nights out.” Ian Buckingham said: “It was a pleasure to have known you. You were a wonderful girl.” Millie Barrie said: “I love you Sam. You were one of my best friends and I will never forget you.”
After Ms Medland’s death, Detective Inspector Wendy Burton, of Surrey and Sussex’s major crime team, said: “The victim and arrested man are known to each other and [it] was not a random attack. It took place in the street in Queen’s Square and was witnessed by passing members of the public and local residents. We are keen to speak to anyone who was in the area at the time of the incident so we can build a picture of what has taken place. Our thoughts are with the family of the victim as we investigate this incident.”
Sussex Police said they received a number of calls from people who were in the city centre at the time. A spokeswoman said: “It was a very visible location and certainly attracted some attention.”
The incident took place at 8.45pm in Queens Square, Brighton. Police are appealing for anyone who witnessed the incident or anyone with information to contact Sussex Police on 101 quoting serial Operation Westfield or the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.
Note: This report was drawn from reports in the Argus and the BBC.