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Man appears in court accused of murdering soldier

A man from Brecon has appeared in court charged with the murder of Private Matthew Boyd, 20, during a night out.

Matthew, who served with the Royal Gibraltar Regiment, was found injured and unconscious on Lion Street and was tragically pronounced dead in the early hours of Sunday morning.

23-year-old Jake Vallely appeared at Brecon magistrates where he was remanded in custody.

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Wearing a red T-shirt and jeans, he spoke only to confirm his name and date of birth.

Another man, Aaeron Evans, 22, also appeared in court charged with assault occasioning actual bodily harm on Private Boyd.

The two men were remanded in custody to appear in Cardiff Crown Court tomorrow.

Army bosses had paid tribute to "great soldier" Pte Boyd.

Lieutenant Colonel Ivor Lopez, Commanding Officer of The Royal Gibraltar Regiment, said: "The whole regiment is devastated to learn about the tragic death of Pte Matthew Boyd.

"Matthew or 'Boyd' as he was commonly known by his friends joined the Regiment in August 2012 when he was just 17 years of age. A committed and utterly reliable individual, Pte Boyd was an outstanding soldier with a bright future ahead of him.