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Teenager on killing charge `confused'.

THE teenager accused of killing 90-year-old Mabel Leyshon was a well-behaved boy with a good sense of humour, the court heard yesterday.

The description came from one of his teachers who gave evidence on behalf of the defence on the 11th day of the trial.

The accused denies killing Mrs Leyshon at her home in Llanfairpwll, Anglesey, last November.

The teacher specialises in teaching children with learning difficulties and taught the defendant because of his dyslexia.

The teenager was, he said, a very pleasant, amenable young man who was keen to learn. But his writing and spelling had suffered because of his condition.

The defendant was keen to do art and possibly to go and live in another part of the country. ``He was always very well behaved,'' he said.

Child psychologist Gunars Grinaulds told the jury how he had carried out a number of tests and assessments on the defendant and his condition would make him confused about where he had been and when.

Asked about a Dracula book seized by the police, Mr Grinaulds said that in terms of comprehension, the boy would have found it very frustrating to try to read it.

The case continues.
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Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
Date:Jul 31, 2002
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