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28 July 2011 at 08:46 - Posted by Anonymous

Schoolgirl killed for a bet


London - A 16-year-old British boy lured his ex-girlfriend to a secluded spot where he killed her to win a bet over a free breakfast.

Rebecca Aylward, 15, and her mother Sonia had both been delighted when Joshua Davies, an academically gifted boy from a churchgoing family, arranged to meet her again.

When her daughter failed to come home, Mrs Aylward’s reaction was to tell her sister not to worry adding: “She’s safe, she’s with Josh.”

By that time Rebecca had been bludgeoned with a rock the size of a rugby ball - and Davies was trying to cover his tracks on Facebook. He failed - and was on Wednesday found guilty of murder.

The chilling case highlighted how he used the internet, text messages and an array of social networking sites to plot her death.

A few weeks before the murder, one of his friends had joked that he would “buy him breakfast” if he carried out his threat. Two days before he killed Rebecca, Davies told him: “You may have to buy me a breakfast.”

As sentencing was adjourned for psychiatric reports, Mr Justice Lloyd Jones lifted an order preventing the killer from being named and photographed, saying it was in the public interest that he should be identified.

And Rebecca’s family issued a statement at Swansea Crown Court saying their lives had “stopped” on the day in October 2010 when she was murdered.

“Rebecca was killed in a senseless and barbaric act,” they said. “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.”

Rebecca and Davies, from Aberkenfig, near Bridgend, met at the age of 11 and began going out together in late 2009 but the relationship soured and was ended by Rebecca after three months.

The following October he asked to see her again. “Rebecca was quite happy to meet up with him - she thought he was going to ask her back out,” her mother told the court. “She got up at 6am to get ready and to do her make-up. She put on her new clothes, bought the day before.

“Rebecca sounded really happy when she saw it was him coming down the hill towards her.

“I wanted to make sure it was him so I got Rebecca to say his full name twice.”

When the couple were alone, Davies repeatedly slammed a rock into Rebecca’s head before leaving her bloodied and battered body face-down on a wet forest floor.

He then took a friend, who cannot be named for legal reasons, to the scene to show him her body.

Davies told him: “Do you know how hard it is to break someone’s neck? She was facing away from me and I thought, ‘This is it, I’m going to go for it’.

“I tried to break her neck. She was screaming so I picked up the rock and started to hit her with it. The worst part was feeling and seeing her skull give way.”

He then updated his Facebook page saying he was at home at the time of the murder, and after Rebecca had been reported missing even expressed his own fears for her welfare.

Davies made plans to return to the forest near his home on the night of the murder to bury Rebecca”s body and even attempted to pin the blame on the friend he led to the scene, using it as his defence during the trial.

Police were alerted to the killing after one of Davies’s friends told his parents and led officers to the body.

Other friends told detectives that Davies was a “Jekyll and Hyde” character who was “fixated” on murder and would threaten to kill anyone who crossed him.

They said that most of the time, Davies, who lived with his shop assistant mother Hayley and mechanic father Steven, was a confident and outgoing schoolboy in all the top sets who dreamed of becoming Prime Minister. But he also had a “dark and sinister” side that would surface when he fell out with people and was extremely “jealous and possessive” of Rebecca.

Shortly after she ended their relationship he began spreading vicious rumours about her having an abortion and trying to get pregnant to keep him following the break-up.

He would share his threats and scheming with his friends on social networking sites and over text messaging, using textspeak to communicate.

The jury were given a list of text sayings and symbols to help them understand the conversations between the teenagers.

Davies was obsessed with violent films and his Bebo page lists his favourites, including There Will Be Blood, in which Daniel Day-Lewis bludgeons a man to death with a bowling pin.

He also told friends he was going to drown Rebecca in a river or throw her off a cliff and dump her body in a hole, inspired by the violent Spartan fantasy film 300.

He said: “Wouldn’t it be easier if she wasn’t here? I am going to kill her - it would be real easy.”

He even bought a toxic foxglove concoction that he said he was going to put in her drink so she would “die in her own filth”.

But despite all the warning signs, none of his friends believed he would actually carry out his threats. Lifting an order preventing Davies being named and pictured because of his age, Mr Justice Lloyd Jones said: “This is a crime in a small and closely-knit community and it”s right that the public should know there has been a conviction and who has been convicted.

“I accept that the weight given to the welfare of the boy changes now he has been convicted of a very serious offence.” - Daily Mail

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