The identity of 17-year-old Ellie Gould’s killer can now be made public after Thomas Griffiths admitted stabbing the schoolgirl in her own home.
Griffiths was arrested shortly after Wiltshire Police were called to Ellie’s family home in Calne on May 3 and he has now pleaded guilty to murder.
He initially denied having seen Ellie in the days before her death, and his identity had been protected as he was under the age of 18.
However Judge Peter Blair QC said it was “appropriate, reasonable and proportionate” to lift reporting restrictions on identifying Griffiths as he had admitted to an “extremely grave crime”.
Detective Chief Inspector Jim Taylor said Ellie’s parents told him she was considering a career in the police.
“Ellie was in her first year of sixth form and was looking forward to the next steps in her education,” he said.
“The options available to Ellie were endless but her hopes and dreams will now sadly never be realised.”
He said he was “pleased” that Ellie’s family did not have to endure a lengthy trial that would have “caused them further distress”.
The headteacher of Hardenhuish School, Lisa Percy, said the school was “absolutely devastated” by her death.
“Her close-knit group of friends have shown strength beyond their young years in the months that have followed Ellie's death, and have supported one another extraordinarily well,” she said.