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Teenager charged with the murder of Rebecca Aylward denied bail

A teenage boy accused of murdering 15-year-old schoolgirl Rebecca Aylward has failed in a bid to be freed on bail.

Rebecca was battered to death with a house brick and left in woodland after going to meet a friend.

Her body was discovered on Sunday morning after her mother reported her missing.

The 16-year-old boy charged with her murder appeared before a High Court judge this morning where his barrister applied for bail.

The teenager, who cannot be named, was driven into Cardiff Crown Court under a blanket.

Mr Justice David Lloyd Jones refused the bail application after a 20-minute hearing and remanded the boy to secure accommodation.

It was the boy’s second court appearance, having been at Bridgend Youth Court on Wednesday.

Bench chairman Ruth Brookes told the youngster then: “You are going to be brought back here in seven days.”

Prosecutor Deena Loynton told the court: “Youth offending team workers have assessed the boy in court today and found him to be vulnerable.”

The boy was arrested hours after Rebecca’s body was found in woods at Aberkenfig, near Bridgend.

A 15-year-old boy also arrested but released without charge.

Rebecca was last seen alive at 12.30pm on Saturday when a relative dropped her in Sarn, Bridgend, to meet a friend.

The schoolgirl, who had ambitions to be a solicitor, lived in Maesteg, near Bridgend with her mother Sonia, 49, sister Jessica, 12, and brother Jack, eight.

She was due to sit her GCSE exams next summer at the 720-pupil Archbishop McGrath Comprehensive School and hoped to become a solicitor.

In a statement, Rebecca’s family said: “She was a very happy young girl, she had an outgoing and bubbly personality.

“She was very motherly towards her younger brother and sister who absolutely adored her – they have been left devastated.

“All the family have been shattered by her death. Becca can never ever be replaced.”

Police appealed for help in tracing her movements between 12.30pm on Saturday and 9am the following morning.


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