Amanda Selby, 15, was allegedly killed by her older brother Matthew, 19 (Picture: PA/Facebook)
A schoolgirl who was allegedly murdered by her brother during a family holiday had her throat crushed, an inquest has heard.
Martin Selby, 19, allegedly killed his 15-year-old sister Amanda in a ‘domestic disturbance’ at Ty Mawr Holiday Park, near Rhyl on July 31.
An air ambulance rushed to the caravan park but Amanda was declared dead a short time later, police said.
Selby, who reportedly has learning difficulties, appeared at Mold Crown Court charged with his sister’s murder.
The inquest in Ruthin, north Wales, heard Amanda’s body was formally identified by her father, Anthony Selby.
Pathologist Dr Bryan Rodgers gave a provisional cause of death, indicating it was due to asphyxia as a result of neck compression, external airways obstruction and crush asphyxia.
After Amanda’s death, a picture emerged showing her being hugged by her brother, while neighbours in Ashton-under-Lyne, Greater Manchester described him as a ‘happy lad’.
Matthew Selby, 19, appeared in court charged with his sister’s murder (Picture: PA)
In a statement, Amanda’s family 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.’
Amanda’s high school Droylsden Academy also paid tribute to the teenager: ‘Our 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.’
It added: ‘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 inquest was adjourned to a later date pending further investigation.
Selby entered no pleas during his latest appearance and a provisional trial date was set for February, 2022.
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