Soldier murder Brecon man guilty of killing Matthew Boyd

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Soldier murder: Brecon man guilty of killing Matthew Boyd

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Matthew Boyd was off-duty in Brecon when he was murdered

A killer who boasted he was the “hardest man” in town has been found guilty of murdering soldier Matthew Boyd in Powys.

Pte Matthew Boyd, 20, was off-duty on a night out in Brecon when he was punched and beaten by Jake Vallely.

But the jury cleared Vallely”s friend Aaeron Evans of manslaughter after Cardiff Crown Court was told he was not present during the attack.

Vallely, 24, will be sentenced later.

The unconscious body of Pte Boyd, who served with the Royal Gibraltar Regiment, was found by police in the town in the early hours of 8 May.

Pte Boyd, who is originally from Carrickfergus, County Antrim, had been in the town for training exercises at the infantry battle school.

During the trial, the court heard Pte Boyd was making his way back to barracks when he was attacked outside a bar called The Cellar.

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Jake Vallely claimed he did not want to fight Pte Boyd

CCTV footage showed the soldier being punched, going to the ground, and being beaten until he no longer moved.

Vallely then dragged his body from the scene before fleeing.

The trial was told the killer had been on a seven hour drinking binge and in the hour before the attack was boasting he was the “hardest man in Brecon”.

His friend Mr Evans was cleared of any involvement in the attack, after the jury was told he had left the scene before the start of any violence.

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Floral tributes were left at the scene after Pte Boyd died