Grieving mum whose teen daughter was brutally murdered by boyfriend "to win a cooked breakfast" speaks out about the harrowing incident
A devastated mother has spoken of her heartbreak after her teen daughter was beaten to death by her ex-boyfriend 'to win a cooked breakfast.'
Eight years after the death of her teenage daughter, a devastated mother has finally spoken out. Her daughter was brutally murdered by her ex-boyfriend to "win a cooked breakfast", per reports. Back in October 2011, Joshua Davies, 15 at the time, lured his then-girlfriend Rebecca Aylward, also 15, to a woodland near Bridgend, South Wales, before repeatedly hitting her over the head with a large rock.
At around 9 am the following day, her lifeless body was found lying face down near the village of Aberkenfig, The Sun reports. Young Rebecca died from brain injuries caused by "blunt force injury", a Home Office pathologist ruled. During the trial, it emerged that Davies had discussed about his cruel plans to "get rid of her" with friends in the days leading up to her murder. He was apparently promised a cooked breakfast if he carried out his plan of action.
He had also discussed various methods to kill Rebecca, such as poisoning her with plants like deadly nightshade or pushing her in a quarry. According to multiple reports at the time, Davies allegedly sent a message to his friends two days before his girlfriend's death saying: “Don’t say anything, but you may just owe me a breakfast.” Joshua Thomas Davies was ultimately sentenced to life at the Swansea Crown Court on July 27, 2011, after he was found guilty of murder. He was told he would serve at least 14 years in prison, the court heard.
Sonia Oatley, Rebecca's heartbroken mother, has now spoken out on the behavior of Davies, who is almost halfway through his sentence. She spoke at length of the “alarms bells” that were set off in her head due to his conduct. The 57-year-old says that at the start of his relationship with her daughter, he appeared to be "polite and nice." “He was always polite and nice, no bad language. He seemed like a decent boy, we knew all his family — his younger brother was friends with my two younger ones," she said.
But as time passed, Oatley discovered a side of him which she describes as "very odd." “Once on TV the Ku Klux Klan was on and he said he would love to be one of them. He said he would love to be doing what they are doing," she said. "Rebecca just hit him in the ribs and said ‘what are you saying?’ That set off alarm bells. She thought he was joking but he was very racist. He used to walk around the streets at three in the morning. It was very odd behavior, but I only found out about that later. If I’d have known it would have been different.”
Davies denied any wrongdoing throughout his trial and instead blamed a friend who he had brought into the woods after the murder and later boasted of his gruesome act. Oatley realized he was lying when he blamed his friend. "He had no empathy, he laughed and joked to his defense team — it was just like a day out for him," she said. "He didn’t take it seriously, it was unreal.”
Now, years after the horrific incident, Oatley is working towards garnering greater support for the families of other victims after her own experience. “You get to a certain point and you feel like you can’t continue but you learn how to deal with it, you learn how to get through each day," she said.