The killer of Keeley Bunker has been jailed for 29 years for her rape and murder.
Wesley Streete, 20, attacked his childhood friend after she trusted him to walk her home following a night out in Birmingham.
The former warehouse packer dumped her body face-down in a brook in Wigginton Park, Tamworth in Staffordshire before trying to conceal his crimes with branches.
Judge Jeremy Baker gave Streete a mandatory life sentence for killing the 20-year-old and then lying to cover his tracks.
The two had been on a night out at Snobs nightclub in Birmingham to celebrate Keeley's recent birthday.
Keeley had earlier told her female friend, Monique Riggon: "I've got Wes, he'll walk me back. It'll be fine."
Jailing the killer, Justice Baker said: "She told Monique she would be safe at home, as you had offered to walk with her back to her house.
"Unfortunately nothing could have been further from the truth.
"Because on the way back to her house I am satisfied you persuaded Keeley to divert to the rugby club, probably on the pretext of going for a smoke.
"However what took place in Wigginton Park is you proceeded to rape Keeley Bunker in the course of which you murdered her by throttling her, in all probability by placing her in a choke-hold for a sufficient period of time to kill her."
He added it had most likely taken "minutes" for Keeley to die.
Streete, formerly a promising young footballer who once had a scholarship for Lichfield and Tamworth, initially said he had left Keeley to walk home alone.
He later claimed he "accidentally killed her" during consensual sex in the park.
After Streete's conviction, Keeley's mother Debbie said she had been "robbed" of her "precious and beautiful" daughter.
Streete, previously of St Austell Close, Tamworth, was also found guilty of two other counts of rape and three counts of sexual assault against three other victims, said to have happened in previous years.
He was handed jail terms of between six months and five years for those offences, to be served alongside his life sentence.
The judge said: "I am aware that no sentence which is imposed in relation to the offence of murder will assuage the feelings of devastation, grief and loss suffered by Keeley Bunker's family and those who loved her."