Man charged with soldier’s murder

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A man has been charged with the murder of a soldier in Powys.

Pte Matthew Boyd, from the Royal Gibraltar Regiment, was found injured and unconscious in Lion Street, Brecon, at about 01:00 BST on Sunday. He later died at hospital.

Dyfed-Powys Police said a 23-year-old man has been charged with murder and a 22-year-old man with affray.

They were remanded in custody to appear at Brecon Magistrates’ Court on Thursday.

Pte Boyd and his family lived in Gibraltar, but he was originally from Northern Ireland, where some of his relatives still live in Carrickfergus, County Antrim.

In a statement, his family paid tribute to the soldier, saying news of his death was “devastating”, and thanking the Brecon community for its thoughts and condolences.

“It has given us such strength as a family at this horrendous time.

“Matthew was a kind and popular young man, and it has been wonderful to see his warm and kind personality being replicated through the kindness of complete strangers,” they said.

Mr Boyd’s family also thanked the the police, the people of Gibraltar and his regiment.

On Monday, his commanding officer, Lt Col Ivor Lopez, said Mr Boyd was a “great soldier and a close friend”.

Man charged with soldier’s murder

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