A 16-year-old boy has been appeared in court charged with rape and murder after the body of a 14-year-old girl was found in a park.
Viktorija Sokolova’s body was discovered in Wolverhampton’s West Park just before 7am on Thursday.
The Lithuanian-born youngster, who was known as Tori, was reported missing on Wednesday.
Viktorija Sokolova’s body was discovered in Wolverhampton’s West Park on Thursday morning
A post-mortem examination gave the cause of death as a blunt force trauma to the head, West Midlands Police said.
Viktorija’s family paid tribute to the teenager, saying she was ‘was like a little angel’ and ‘she made our lives so colourful and full of meaning.’
They added: ‘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.’
The Lithuanian-born youngster (pictured) was reported missing on Wednesday
Police at the scene after the 14-year-old girl’s body was found in West Park, Wolverhampton
The teenager from Wolverhampton who is accused of raping and murdering Viktorija, appeared at Dudley Magistrates’ Court today.
He spoke only to confirm his name, age and address.
Wearing a long grey t-shirt, he stood in handcuffs behind his father and uncle, who were allowed to sit in front of him outside the glass pannelled dock.
The youth, who cannot be named for legal reasons will appear at Wolverhampton Crown Court tomorrow.
District Judge Michael Wheeler told him ‘You are charged with extremely serious offences. You will be held overnight in a youth detention centre.’
A second teenage boy, aged 17, who was arrested on suspicion of murder has been bailed pending further investigation.
West Park remains closed while a comprehensive forensic examination continues.
West Park remains closed while a comprehensive forensic examination continues
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