Tuesday 27 June 2017

Schoolgirl killed in 'breakfast bet'

Rebecca Aylward: allegedly killed by former boyfriend
Rebecca Aylward: allegedly killed by former boyfriend

Antony Stone

A schoolboy murdered a former girlfriend after he was promised a free breakfast from a friend if he carried out the killing, a jury heard yesterday

Rebecca Aylward (15) of Maesteg, near Bridgend, south Wales, was battered to death within weeks of the chilling bet.

Her alleged killer (16) lured her to a secluded wood near Bridgend where he smashed her head with a rock, the court heard. To divert suspicion from himself, he had previously told her to say she was meeting someone else.

But she failed to follow his directions and told her mother the name of the person she was meeting, the jury heard.

Evidence from electronic sources will play a key role in the prosecution case of what he called a "teenage murder".

The young man denies the charge of murder.

Mr Taylor said the teenagers had briefly been in a relationship about a year before the murder and had kept in touch.

The defendant used to meet every Saturday at a local cafe in the area with teenage friends where they had breakfast.

At one such meeting he openly discussed killing the girl, his friends assuming he was joking.

They later told police he had a reputation for saying he was going to do things he never subsequently did.

But in a later text to one friend he asks: "What would you do if I actually did kill her?"

The friend replies: "Oh, I would buy you breakfast."

Two days before the killing the defendant contacted his friend to confirm he would attend their breakfast date.

He then added to the text: "Don't say anything but you may just owe me a breakfast."

The friend replies: "Best text I have ever had mate. Seriously, if it is true I am happy to pay for a breakfast." The defendant adds: "I hope by then it will be done and dusted."

The friend replies: "I want all the details. You sadistic bastard." The text finished with a smiley face symbol. The trial, which is scheduled to run for up to five weeks, was adjourned.

Irish Independent

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