South East Wales

Rebecca Aylward murder: Boy denies inciting murder

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

A schoolboy has denied 'egging on' his friend to murder teenager Rebecca Aylward near Bridgend.

The boy is accused of wanting to see her dead after he bet his friend the price of a breakfast if he murdered his 15-year-old ex-girlfriend.

Rebecca, 15, was found dead in woods in Aberkenfig in October 2010.

The accused - who cannot be identified - denies murder at Swansea Crown Court and claims another friend carried out the crime.

The witness was answering questions by the boy's defending barrister who said he had "egged on" his friend to kill her as part of a teenage fall-out.

Peter Rouch QC, defending, asked the boy; "You said to him, 'go on do it - if you do it I will buy you breakfast'."

The boy answered: "No."

He denied he had taken the bet seriously, and that he wanted Rebecca to be killed.

The barrister added: "You intended Rebecca to die. You told him to put his money where his mouth is and you encouraged him to do it."

The boy, who cannot be named because of his age, denied all the questions.

He had never meant the breakfast bet seriously, he said.

Rebecca, of Maesteg, South Wales, had gone to meet her ex-boyfriend hoping she was going to get back with him.

Her mother reported her missing the next day and her body was found in forestry near the village of Aberkenfig.

A post mortem examination found she had died from blunt injuries to the head, which had broken the base of her skull in four places.

The trial continues.

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