Teen Murdered Schoolgirl For Free Breakfast
A teenager has been convicted of smashing his ex-girlfriend’s skull in with a rock after a friend promised him a free breakfast.
Rebecca Aylward, 15, of Maesteg, near Bridgend, was left lying face down in the rain after the brutal attack last October.
Joshua Davies lured her to a wood near her home, then attacked her with a rubgy ball-sized rock.
The two teenagers had a brief relationship which had finished by the end of 2009.
When Davies invited Rebecca to meet him in the wood, she thought they may be getting back together.
But instead Davies brutally battered her to death.
The 16-year-old had talked so often of killing her to friends that it became a regular topic of conversation between them.
One even went so far as to jokingly promise him a free breakfast if he carried out his threat.
During the trial Davies claimed all talk of killing never amounted to any more than that, just “talk”.
He tried to put the blame for the killing onto one of his friends, who cannot be identified, but that teenager told the court Rebecca was already dead when he arrived on the scene.
What was certain was that both Davies and his friend went to the home of one of their friends after the killing where they drank tea and explained what had happened.
Rebecca’s family raised the alarm when she failed to return home – and the defendant went on Facebook to express his own concern for her, while emphasising the “normal” evening in he was having watching TV.
Davies listened without emotion as the jury delivered its verdict, while members of Rebecca’s family cheered in the public gallery.
A statement from Rebecca’s family said: “The pain and horror of losing Rebecca in such horrendous circumstances cannot be put into words.
“Since that Saturday in October 2010 our lives have stopped.
“Rebecca was killed in a senseless and barbaric act. She died at the hands of someone she loved and trusted. We will never forget what he did to her or forgive him for destroying our family.
“We would like to thank the prosecution team for their meticulous hard work.”