Teen, 15, gasped 'tell mum I love her' as she was strangled to death by her brother, 20, on family caravan holiday | The Sun
16th December 2022

A TEEN girl gasped "tell mum I love her" as she was strangled by her killer brother on a family caravan holiday.

Matthew Selby, 20, "lunged" at 15-year-old Amanda and grabbed her by the throat as their dad Anthony desperately tried to pull him off.

In her final seconds, the teen gasped: "Tell mum I love her".

Selby has now been jailed for five years after admitting manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility.

Sentencing, Judge Rhys Rowlands told him: “There was considerable suffering to your sister who was absolutely no match for you and simply unable to defend herself.

“This happened in front of your father who saw his daughter killed and was completely helpless to intervene.”

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Mold Crown Court heard how the family was enjoying a holiday at the Ty Mawr Caravan Park in Towyn, North Wales, when the horror unfolded.

The pair, who were normally "very close", argued after Amanda bent the pin on Selby's lapel badge.

Selby, from Greater Manchester, then attacked his younger sister after she hit him with an electric charger.

An inquest found she died from asphyxia after her throat was crushed and her external airways blocked.

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Prosecutor Jamie Baxter said: “This is a deeply tragic case. Selby has a history of intermittent explosive disorder, violence and autism.

"He needs help.”

Paying tribute previously, 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."

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