Matthew Selby appeared in court Wednesday after brutally murdering his teenage sister at a caravan park in North Wales over the weekend. The 19-year-old boy from Greater Manchester appeared at Mold Crown Court through video from HMP Berwyn, confirming only his identity.
Selby previously spoke during a hearing on Tuesday, providing his name and address before saying he understood the charges he faces. Matthew Selby stands accused of murdering his 15-year-old sister, Amanda Selby on Saturday.
The murder took place at the Ty Mawr caravan park in Towyn near Abergele according to the North Wales Police Department. Matthew Selby is expected back in court for a plea hearing on October 29 and will remain in custody throughout the trial. Bail has not been set. No application for bail has been made at this time.
The North Wales Police released a statement from Amanda Selby’s family on Facebook. The “heartfelt tribute” explained that the 15-year-old girl was staying with her family at Ty Mawr Holiday Park when she was brutally murdered by her older brother. “Amanda was a loving daughter and granddaughter,” the family wrote in the statement.
They continued, saying that “she was caring, thoughtful, liked to help others and very much loved. She will be very sadly missed.” The family asked for privacy during this “difficult time.” North Wales Police confirmed that “the family continues to be supported by specialist police officers.”
The gruesome murder at Ty Mawr is still being investigated. Neighbors explained that Matthew Selby has learning difficulties and was living with his grandparents because relations with his parents stiffened.
“Matthew has learning difficulties,” one neighbor explained to reporters. “We’ve not seen Matthew as much recently because mom and dad had split up. His sister went with his mum and Matthew stayed with dad for a while before moving in with his grandparents. He was a happy lad. It’s so sad.”
A separate neighbor recalled that Matthew Selby “was very vocal” and that “you could hear him before you saw him.” They continued, explaining that “he seemed nice enough” and that “his mom is disabled and rides around in a motorized scooter.”
It was reported that Selby’s nickname as a child was “chicken legs.” A resident of the area claimed that “my kids are of a similar age and, as kids do, they give each other nicknames. His was chicken legs because every time we saw him, he was tucking into chicken legs.”
The murder on Saturday took place during one of the busiest holiday weekends of the year. Reports claim hundreds of people were present at the camp when Amanda Selby was killed. Police called in an air ambulance to the scene when Amanda Selby’s body was found. The Parkdean resort and a caravan were cordoned off, reports say. Police began the investigation in the nearly 100-acre park over the weekend.
Amanda Selby is remembered as a sweet, caring girl. Her school, Droylsden Academy, posted a tribute message on their website to honor the young girl. “Our school is saddened to have received the tragic news that one of our students,” the message read. “Amanda Selby in Year 10, has lost her life whilst on holiday with her family in Wales.”
The message continued, expressing the “deepest sympathies and thoughts are with Amanda’s family at what is an incredibly difficult time. Our school family is devastated by this awful news. Amanda was a lovely student and she will be sorely missed by students and staff.”
“Clearly, many members of our school community will be affected by this loss and we will be offering support to those who need it in the weeks and months ahead,” the school added. “We will also plan a tribute when the time is right so that we can remember all that Amanda brought to our school.”