Teenager who killed ex-girlfriend to win a bet for a free breakfast finally confesses to the murder
Joshua Davies was sentenced to 14 years in prison for the murder of ex-girlfriend Rebecca Alward. Close to eight years later, he's confessed.
A teenager who murdered his ex-girlfriend to win a bet over a breakfast has reportedly finally confessed to carrying out the killing, close to eight years after the gruesome incident took place.
Joshua Davies, of Aberkenfig, Wales, gained infamy in 2010 when he brutally assaulted and killed 15-year-old Rebecca Alward after a friend promised him a "free breakfast" if he carried out the deed.
Davies pleaded not guilty to the murder but a jury eventually found him responsible for the death following five weeks of trial in court in 2011. He was subsequently sentenced to 14 years in prison.
Now Alward's mother Sonia Oatley has revealed that Davies has confessed to his crime although he "enjoyed putting us through the ordeal" of the trial.
According to the Mirror, 57-year-old Oatley said a victim liaison officer recently informed her of Davies' confession and told her that "he's admitted it." Speaking about the revelation, the mother said, "I just sat there looking at her. I wasn't expecting it at all and was so shocked I couldn't say anything for a few minutes."
"Apparently, he'd said he needed to see his probation officer, and then said 'I did it – nobody else was involved – I am totally responsible," she continued. "By pleading not guilty he put us through the pain of a five-week trial where we had to listen to every gruesome detail of how Becca died."
During his trial, the jury at the Swansea Crown Court reportedly heard of how Davies's favorite point of conversation amongst his friends was the different ways he would kill Alward. In the weeks leading up to the killing, she had left him, though he eventually managed to persuade her to end things in her new relationship and meet up with him.
It was with the notion that she and Davies were going to renew their relationship that she accepted his invitation to come to a woodland on the day of her murder. Here, the now-23-year-old beat her skull in with a rugby-sized rock and left her face down in the rain. Following the killing, he and his friends allegedly even celebrated.
It later emerged that Davies had carried out his constant threats after a friend promised to buy him a cooked breakfast if he went forward with his plans. Then, just two days before the murder, Davies texted his friend a message that read, "Don't say anything, but you may just owe me a breakfast."
The boy who had placed the bet defended his actions in court by claiming he had only thought of it as a joke. He told the jury that he thought Davies "was messing about," and that he never thought he would carry out the threat.
Oatley says that there's a sinister reasoning behind the 23-year-old coming out with the confession at this time. She believes it's his attempt to reduce the time he will serve in prison and says she will fight to ensure that he is behind bars for at least the 14 stipulated years handed down in court.
"As he is now more than halfway through his sentence this review is imminent," she said. "The judge can decide to reduce the tariff. My fear is that because he has admitted it now, he can work towards being released."