Friday 21 September 2018

Boy (14) in court charged with rape and murder of 14-year-old girl found dead in park

Undated handout photo issued by West Midlands Police of 14 year old Lithuanian-born Vicktorija Sokolova whose body was found in Wolverhampton's West Park. Photo: West Midlands Police/PA Wire
Undated handout photo issued by West Midlands Police of 14 year old Lithuanian-born Vicktorija Sokolova whose body was found in Wolverhampton's West Park. Photo: West Midlands Police/PA Wire
Tribute left in West Park, Wolverhampton, where 14-year-old Viktorija Sokolova's body was found. Photo: Josh Payne/PA Wire
Forensic police at the scene in West Park, Wolverhampton, where 14-year-old Viktorija Sokolova's body was found. Photo: PA Wire

Josh Payne

A teenage boy has appeared in court charged with the rape and murder of a 14-year-old girl who was found dead in a park.

Viktorija Sokolova was discovered by a member of the public in West Park, Wolverhampton, at about 7am on Thursday last week.

The Lithuanian-born youngster was reported missing on Wednesday but was pronounced dead the following day, after suffering a blunt force trauma to the head.

A 16-year-old boy spoke only to confirm his name, age and address at a five-minute hearing at Dudley Magistrates' Court on Monday.

Forensic police at the scene in West Park, Wolverhampton, where 14-year-old Viktorija Sokolova's body was found. Photo: PA Wire
Forensic police at the scene in West Park, Wolverhampton, where 14-year-old Viktorija Sokolova's body was found. Photo: PA Wire

A second teenage boy, aged 17, who was arrested on suspicion of murder, has been bailed pending further investigation.

Viktorija's family paid tribute to her, saying she was "like a little angel" and "she made our lives so colourful and full of meaning".

They added: "You will be living in our hearts, soul and mind forever. Goodbye our little angel."

The teenager was remanded into secure youth detention accommodation until a further hearing at Wolverhampton Crown Court on Tuesday.

Tribute left in West Park, Wolverhampton, where 14-year-old Viktorija Sokolova's body was found. Photo: Josh Payne/PA Wire
Tribute left in West Park, Wolverhampton, where 14-year-old Viktorija Sokolova's body was found. Photo: Josh Payne/PA Wire

West Park remained closed while a comprehensive forensic examination continued.

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