Teenager, 19, admits killing ‘caring’ and ‘thoughtful’ younger sister at holiday park

She died after police were called to reports of a “domestic disturbance”

A teenager has admitted killing his younger sister at a holiday park.

Matthew Selby, 19, pleaded guilty at Mold Crown Court on Monday to the manslaughter of his sister Amanda, 15.

She died after police were called to reports of a “domestic disturbance” at the Ty Mawr Holiday Park in Towyn, near Abergele, North Wales, on Saturday July 31 last year.

Selby, of Ashton-under-Lyne, Greater Manchester, had been due to stand trial for her murder later this month.

Court sketch of Matthew Selby.Court sketch of Matthew Selby.
Court sketch of Matthew Selby.

He appeared via videolink from HMP Berwyn for the hearing, which lasted less than 10 minutes.

Ian Unsworth QC, prosecuting, said the Crown accepted the plea to manslaughter, based on close analysis of psychiatric reports.

Judge Rhys Rowlands said: “I too have read the reports from both psychiatrists and plainly I understand the decision taken by the Crown.”

‘Amanda was a loving daughter and granddaughter’

Amanda Selby who was killed by her brother.Amanda Selby who was killed by her brother.
Amanda Selby who was killed by her brother.

Gordon Cole QC, defending, said Selby would be seen again by a psychiatrist before his sentencing.

Judge Rowlands adjourned the case for sentencing on March 18.

Following her death, Amanda’s family released a statement through North Wales Police which said: “Amanda was a loving daughter and granddaughter – she was caring, thoughtful, liked to help others and very much loved. She will be very sadly missed.”

Her school, Droylsden Academy in Greater Manchester, also paid tribute to her.

A message on its website said: “Our school family is devastated by this awful news. Amanda was a lovely student and she will be sorely missed by students and staff.”

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