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Teen 'framed by friends' for ex's murder

A schoolboy accused of murdering an ex-girlfriend for a bribe of a free breakfast after luring her to a forest insisted yesterday friends were trying to frame him.

Rebecca Aylward (15) of Maesteg, near Bridgend, South Wales, was battered to death with a heavy rock in October last year.

Rebecca's death came within weeks of her alleged killer being promised breakfast by a friend if he carried out the killing.

The 16-year-old accused has previously described the bet as a joke but admits that he talked about killing her after they split.

A jury at Swansea Crown Court has heard that it was also an elaborate joke that the girl herself was in on.

The accused told how he went to meet the girl on the day of her death in a forest in Aberkenfig, near Bridgend.

He had continued to claim to friends that he was going to kill her and said he had arranged with her to play along as a joke.

The jury has heard how, after spending time alone with Rebecca in the wood, the schoolboy sent his best friend a text calling him to the scene.

The teenager claims Rebecca was still alive when the best friend arrived.

He said that, as they left the clearing together, his friend grabbed Rebecca's wrist and pulled her towards him before pushing her on to the ground.

The teenager said his friend stepped over and "swiped up" a rock with one hand and hit her on the head with it repeatedly, killing the girl.

Asked by prosecutor Greg Taylor in cross-examination if he thought his friends wanted to frame him, the teenager said "yes".

The trial continues on Monday.

Irish Independent