South East Wales

Rebecca Aylward: Mother plans civil action over murder

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

The mother of a teenage girl who was murdered by her ex-boyfriend claims she has new evidence to show the killing could have been prevented.

Sonia Oatley plans to launch a civil action against those she claims knew of the threat against her daughter, Rebecca Aylward.

Rebecca, 15, was lured into a wood in Aberkenfig, near Bridgend, by Joshua Davies, 16, who battered her to death.

Davies was jailed for a minimum of 14 years in September.

At a four-week trial in July Davies denied murder, blaming a friend but was convicted by a 10-2 majority verdict and was jailed for life.

The jury heard that Davies admitted to "sometimes" hating Rebecca, also known as Rebecca Oatley, and that he openly plotted to murder her sending chilling text messages to his friends about how he planned to do it.

A friend offered to buy him breakfast after suggesting that he "get rid of her," the trial was told.

Mrs Oatley claims that a lawyer acting on her behalf has seen a series of social media messages which were not presented at Davies' trial.

She told a news conference in Bridgend that the lawyer gained access to the messages from South Wales Police.

Image caption Sonia Oatley and her children presented a memorial bench to Rebecca's former school on Monday

Mrs Oatley said: "I've spoken to the police about it but they do not intend to take any action themselves. But I cannot let it drop there so I will be taking this on to a civil prosecution myself.

"There are an awful lot more messages that were not brought to light. They show that there were people who knew what was going to happen but failed to stop a murder."

She said she intended to pursue civil action and that it would be against more than one individual.

Mrs Otley's daughter Jessica, 14, and son Jack, nine, also attended the news conference, while later Rebecca's former school was presented with a memorial bench.

South Wales Police declined to comment.

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