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Teenager accused of stabbing 18-year-old to death in woods is named for the first time

Alex Davies (pictured) was killed in woodland in Skelmersdale, Lancashire

Alex Davies (pictured) was killed in woodland in Skelmersdale, Lancashire   

A teenager accused of killing an 18-year-old youth found dead in woodland can be named for the first time as Brian Healless.

Healless, 18, is charged with the murder of Alex Davies, 18, from Skelmersdale, Lancs, whose body was found in a wooded area of Parbold Hill in Lancashire on May 1 last year.

A post-mortem examination concluded the cause of death was stab wounds and asphyxiation.

Mr Healless, from Chorley, Lancs, at the time aged 17, was arrested days later and charged with murder.

He was not identified at earlier hearings due to a court order because of his age, but has since turned 18.

Judge Mark Brown, Recorder of Preston, revoked an order banning the press from naming the defendant during a brief hearing, at which Healless was not present, at Preston Crown Court.

Pictured: Police cordon off an area of woodland where the missing teenager's body was found

Pictured: Police cordon off an area of woodland where the missing teenager’s body was found

Mr Davies had not been seen since he left his home in Skelmersdale, Lancashire and his body was found off Parbold Hill two days later

Mr Davies had not been seen since he left his home in Skelmersdale, Lancashire and his body was found off Parbold Hill two days later

The defendant has pleaded not guilty to murder and possession of a bladed article and will go on trial on March 11.

Mr Davies had recently been promoted to the job of lead sales assistant at Home Bargains in Skelmersdale, and was looking forward to the future, friends said at the time of his death.

Lancashire Police and firefighters are pictured at the scene when Mr Davies' body was found

Lancashire Police and firefighters are pictured at the scene when Mr Davies’ body was found

Before his body was discovered, his boss Gerard Boylan said: ‘This [going missing] is not something that he does.

‘It’s a complete mystery. Alex had his whole future ahead of him, and he loves his job and had recently got himself a promotion. He comes from Skelmersdale and lives with his mum.

‘He’s an energetic, kind and helpful lad, who loved working with customers. He’s not a shy bloke, and is the type of person who would talk to anyone. He’s a brilliant lad.’

 

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