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PUBLISHED: 14:56 21 August 2001 | UPDATED: 10:28 03 March 2010

THE daughter of a senior judge has been killed in a freak accident while on a school trip in South Africa.

Teenager Amelia Ward, who spent weekends at her parents' village home near Stowmarket, was struck on the back of the head by a large rock while her fellow pupils - among them her twin sister Kate - were abseiling.

THE daughter of a senior judge has been killed in a freak accident while on a school trip in South Africa.

Teenager Amelia Ward, who spent weekends at her parents' village home near Stowmarket, was struck on the back of the head by a large rock while her fellow pupils - among them her twin sister Kate - were abseiling.

The 16-year-old's father, Sir Alan Ward, a Lord Justice of Appeal, said the tragedy had been a freak accident which had cruelly robbed him of his daughter.

"Amelia was a girl loved by all who knew her. Her twin sister Kate's braveness throughout these terrible few days has been an inspiration to us and to all her friends, and we are very proud of her," he said.

A close family friend told how Sir Alan and his family, including Amelia, loved to spend weekends and holidays at the Suffolk home, in a village near Stowmarket, they have owned for around 10 years.

"They spend a lot of time there and love it. They consider it their real home and they have many friends in the area," he said.

"Amelia used to go riding at local stables in Suffolk. She spent a long time learning how to do it. The family love walking in the countryside and getting involved with the community at weekends."

Amelia attended City of London School for Girls for nine years and was due to find out her GCSE results this Thursday.

The group of 15 pupils were on a Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award Scheme project and were climbing on a crag at Zingela in KwaZuluNatal when the rock became dislodged, bouncing down and knocking out Amelia instantly, said the school.

Amelia was not abseiling at time of the accident but waiting at the bottom of the crag. A school spokesman said the teenager received immediate first aid and was then treated by paramedics from Medical Rescue International. She was pronounced dead at their medical station at 5.30pm local time on Saturday.

Earlier, she had told her twin sister she had been having the "best time of my life". Kate has now been flown home to be with her family.

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