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A 19-year-old man who is accused of murdering his 15-year-old sister at a busy seaside caravan site in Wales has been charged today with involuntary manslaughter.
Amanda Selby died at Ty Mawr Holiday Park, Towyn in North Wales, a popular seaside resort with families, last summer on July 31.
Her brother Matthew Selby, of Ashton-under-Lyne, Greater Manchester, was accused of murdering Amanda Selby on July 31 in a caravan and has denied the charge.
During a brief hearing at Mold Crown Court, Selby appeared via video link from Berwyn Prison in Wrexham, and was presented with an additional charge of involuntary manslaughter by prosecutors.
In response to the additional charge, Selby responded, “I can’t understand.”
Judge Rhys Rowlands said that he would have to appear in person at the same court on February 7 so that he can give a formal declaration.
Matthew Selby is accused of murdering his 15-year-old sister Amanda while they were on a family vacation at a trailer park in Towyn, North Wales, last summer.
Amanda Selby Causes of Death
Amanda Selby’s provisional cause of death was outlined during a short inquest hearing in Ruthin, North Wales, in August last year.
Coroner John Gittins said North Wales Police had been alerted by the ambulance service after they called in an unconscious girl who had stopped breathing.
The schoolgirl, from Penrith Avenue, Ashton-under-Lyne, Greater Manchester, was pronounced dead by paramedics at 4:15 p.m. m. and identified by her father, Anthony Selby.
Home Office pathologist Dr. Brian Rodgers had given a provisional cause of death stating it was due to suffocation as a result of neck compression and obstruction of the external airways and crush asphyxiation.
The investigation, which will determine the circumstances surrounding her death, was postponed after a brief hearing pending the outcome of the criminal process.
In a statement released by North Wales Police, Amanda’s family said: “Amanda was a loving daughter and granddaughter: she was caring, caring, she liked to help others and loved her very much.” She will be very sadly missed.
The schoolgirl from Ashton-under-Lyne, was pronounced dead by paramedics at 4:15 p.m. and the provisional cause of death was asphyxiation as a result of neck compression.
The fatal incident took place at Ty Mawr Holiday Park in Towyn (pictured) in July last year.
Her school, Droylsden Academy, posted a message on its website saying: “Our school is saddened to have received the tragic news that one of our students, Amanda Selby in year 10, lost her life while on holiday with her family in Wales
“Our deepest condolences and thoughts go out to Amanda’s family at what is an incredibly difficult time. Our school family is devastated by this terrible news. Amanda was a delightful student and she will be greatly missed by the students and staff.
“Clearly, many members of our school community will be affected by this loss and we will offer support to those who need it in the coming weeks and months.”
She added: “We will also plan a tribute when the time is right so we can remember all that Amanda brought to our school.”
A provisional trial date was set for February 28 when Selby appeared in court via video link from HMP Berwyn for a 15-minute hearing last year.
Judge Rhys Rowlands said the trial was expected to last five to seven days.
The judge overturned an order made under section 45 of the Juvenile Justice and Criminal Evidence Act 1999 to ban the victim’s name.