South East Wales

Rebecca Aylward jury sent home for third night

Rebecca Aylward
Image caption Rebecca Aylward's body was found in woodland near Bridgend

The jury in the trial of a 16-year-old boy charged with the murder of his ex-girlfriend have been sent home for a third night as they consider a verdict.

Rebecca Aylward, 15, from Maesteg, was found dead in woods in Aberkenfig, near Bridgend, in October 2010.

Earlier, jurors at Swansea Crown Court passed Mr Justice Lloyd Jones a note saying they were struggling to agree.

He told them it was not yet time for a majority verdict and asked them to continue their deliberations.

The 16-year-old defendant, who cannot be named, denies her murder.

During the trial he said he joked about killing her as a bet for a free breakfast, but never meant it.

He claims it was his best friend who carried out the killing.

Neither teenager can be named for legal reasons.

The jury first retired to consider its verdict on Friday morning.

The trial began four weeks ago, when jurors were told the schoolgirl died of head injuries.

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