16-year-old accused of assaulting and murdering 14-year-old schoolgirl, and then having sex with her corpse
The boy, who remains unnamed because of his juvenile status, has pleaded not guilty to all three charges.
A teenage boy who has been accused of brutally murdering a 14-year-old girl and then having sex with her corpse made his appearance at the Wolverhampton Crown Court this past week.
The 16-year-old suspect, who cannot be named because of his juvenile status, was apprehended in the murder and rape of Viktorija Sokolova, who was found dead in West Park, Wolverhampton, on April 13.
According to the Daily Mail, the 14-year-old was found dead just yards away from where her family, originally from Lithuania, lived. A passerby first came across her body and alerted the authorities, with an investigation into her murder resulting in the capture of the 16-year-old boy.
The suspect has denied all three charges that have been brought against him, with the case set to open on Wednesday, November 28 in front of a jury of four men and eight women. Jonathan Rees QC has been named as the prosecutor while Adam Cane QC will be defending the juvenile.
Rees revealed that the prosecution had DNA evidence which would prove that the 16-year-old was the culprit involved in the brutal rape and murder and that statements from the victim's mother and stepfather would be read out in the court.
Cane similarly addressed the jury and said, "Viktorija Sokolova was originally from Lithuania was attacked in West Park on April 11 and 12 this year. The young man in question is 16-years-old. You will hear evidence from a number of people including her stepfather and biological mother and her friends."
Following Victoria's death, the West Midlands Police published a statement released by the girl's family which paid tribute to the teen. "Viktorija was like a little angel, she made our lives so colorful and full of meaning," it read. " We can’t believe she has left us at such a young age. We will never forget you, our sweetheart. You will be living in our hearts, soul, and mind forever. Goodbye, our little angel [sic]."
Friends also set up a Facebook page called the 'Tori Foundation' which aimed at raising money that would go towards aiding the 14-year-old's parents. A post from the page reads, "To all Tori's friends and family we are trying to set something up where all her family and friends get together and raise money to help her parents with everything and let balloons off and light candles for her if you show your support it would be great. R.I.P tori we all love you millions [sic]."
The 16-year-old was reportedly snapped wearing a blue t-shirt and jeans. He only spoke thrice, each time to enter a not guilty plea for the charges brought against him, following which he was remanded into police custody. The Mail suggested that the trial would last up to two weeks.