South East Wales

Boy, 16, remanded over Rebecca Aylward murder

A 16-year-old boy has appeared in youth court charged with the murder of a schoolgirl who was found in woodland in south Wales.

The body of Rebecca Aylward, 15, from Maesteg, near Bridgend, was found with head injuries in Aberkenfig on Sunday.

The 16-year-old, who cannot be named for legal reasons, appeared before Bridgend magistrates.

He was remanded in secure council accommodation and is due to appear before the same court on 3 November.

There was a heavy police presence as the 16-year-old arrived at the youth court for the hearing.

Dressed in a T-shirt and fleece, the boy nodded when he was asked his name and age.

His parents, brother, aunt and uncle were present for the hearing. His mother wept as the charge was read out at the brief hearing.

The boy looked at his family at the back of the courtroom as he was led away from the dock.

An application to name him was refused.

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