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Teenage boy denies Rebecca Aylward killing

A schoolboy has denied the murder of a 15-year-old girl in woods near Bridgend, South Wales.

Rebecca Aylward was found dead in woodland just outside Aberkenfig, Bridgend on Sunday, 24 October 2010.

Rebecca Aylward, known as Becca, was found dead near Aberkenfig on the 24 October

She went missing on Saturday 23 after telling her family she was going to meet a friend.

A 16-year-old boy, who cannot be named for legal reasons, has been charged with her murder.

He denies the charge and was remanded into secure accommodation until his trial in March.

The teenager, who cannot be named because of his age, spoke only to plead not guilty at Cardiff Crown Court.

Rebecca, who wanted to be lawyer, lived in Maesteg, near Bridgend, with her mother Sonia, 49, and brother and sister.

She was due to sit her GCSE exams next summer at the 720-pupil Archbishop McGrath Comprehensive School in Maesteg.

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.”

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