Teenager, 19, denies murdering his 15-year-old sister during summer holiday


Teenager, 19, denies murdering his 15-year-old sister during summer holiday at seaside caravan park in Wales

  • Matthew Selby, 19, pleaded not guilty to the murder of his sister Amanda, 15
  • Selby, of Ashton-under-Lyne, Greater Manchester, spoke to confirm his name
  • Case adjourned ahead of trial on February 28, which is due to last up to a week










A 19-year-old has denied the murder of his younger sister at a holiday park.

Matthew Selby pleaded not guilty to the murder of his sister Amanda, 15, when he appeared at Mold Crown Court by videolink from HMP Berwyn today.

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.

Selby, of Ashton-under-Lyne, Greater Manchester, spoke only to confirm his name and enter his plea during the 10-minute hearing.

Judge Rhys Rowlands adjourned the case ahead of a trial on February 28, which is due to last up to seven days.

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.’

Matthew Selby, whose neighbours claim has learning difficulties, appeared at Mold Crown Court charged with the murder of sister Amanda on Saturday afternoon in a camp where hundreds of people were staying on one of the busiest holiday weekends of the year

Matthew Selby, whose neighbours claim has learning difficulties, appeared at Mold Crown Court charged with the murder of sister Amanda on Saturday afternoon in a camp where hundreds of people were staying on one of the busiest holiday weekends of the year 

Court artist sketch by Elizabeth Cook of Matthew Selby

Matthew Selby, 19, arriving at Llandudno Magistrates yesterday, charged with the murder of a 15-year-old girl

Selby (court artist sketch left, right at Llandudno Magistrates), appeared by videolink from HMP Berwyn for a hearing in August, which lasted about 15 minutes, and spoke only to confirm his name

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.’

At an earlier hearing prosecutor James Neary said there was no entitlement to bail while Selby’s defence solicitor Simon Sargent said: ‘I have nothing to add, save to say this a tragic case.’ 

 When Amanda died an  air ambulance rushed to the scene, as parts of the Parkdean resort and a caravan were cordoned off while police carried out an investigation in the 100-acre park. 

An air ambulance was rushed to the scene at Ty Mawr park in Towyn, north Wales on Saturday afternoon

An air ambulance was rushed to the scene at Ty Mawr park in Towyn, north Wales on Saturday afternoon

Police were called to a 'serious incident' at a Welsh holiday park and warned people to 'stay away' after the 'tragic incident'

Police were called to a ‘serious incident’ at a Welsh holiday park and warned people to ‘stay away’ after the ‘tragic incident’

 North Wales Police urged at the time: ‘We would ask the public not to speculate about this incident on social media as this is an active investigation.’

Eyewitnesses reported the air ambulance landed on the A548, which was shut in both directions, at around 3.30pm, with two ambulances and three rapid response vehicles in tow.

A police spokesman said: ‘Following an incident at Ty Mawr Holiday Park, Towyn, on Saturday afternoon, 19-year-old Matthew Selby from the Greater Manchester area has this afternoon been charged with murder’.

Mother of two Carly Hargreaves, 44, who arrived on holiday from Manchester, said about eight police cars, three ambulances and the air ambulance arrived to the park.

She said from outside the vast caravan and campsite: ‘We are staying two rows behind where it happened and didn’t hear a single thing.’

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