South East Wales

Rebecca Aylward jury can bring in majority verdict

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 has been told the court will accept a majority verdict.

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

Jurors at Swansea Crown Court are on their fourth day of deliberations.

The defendant, who cannot be named for legal reasons, denies murder and claims it was his friend who killed Rebecca.

The teenager's friend cannot 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.

The court heard Rebecca 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.

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