Brecon soldier death
A police forensic officer investigates the scene after a soldier died on his way to hospital having been found injured and unconscious in the town centre on 8 May in Brecon. Getty Images

A 23-year-old man has been charged with the murder of Pte Matthew Boyd, a soldier with the Royal Gibraltar regiment, who was found injured on Lion Street in Brecon on 8 May. He was taken to hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.

Jake Valley has been charged with the murder, while Aaeron Evans, 22, has been accused of causing bodily harm, said the Dyfed-Powys police. On Thursday, both men appeared at Brecon Magistrates court and were remanded in custody. Valley is scheduled to appear at Cardiff Crown Court on 13 May.

His family said in a statement: "It [support from the Bercon community] 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. We now ask for time and space for us to come to terms with this devastating news," BBC reported.

The soldier's commanding officer, Lieutenant Colonel Ivor Lopez said on 9 May that they were devastated to learn about his death. "He was an outstanding soldier with a bright future ahead of him. The regiment has lost a great soldier and a close friend."

His childhood friend and colleague, Pte Scott Wylie had earlier said, "We were in the same class at school, joined the Army at the same time and still had so much still to do together.He was meant to be my best man and my first child's godfather. He was more like a brother than a best friend."