Alvin Santos sentenced to life imprisonment for the murder of Linda Lietaviete


Alvin Santos, a 26-year-old man from Bournemouth was sentenced today at Winchester Crown Court to life imprisonment for the murder of Linda Lietaviete, with a minimum term of 20 years. He was found guilty of the murder of 16-year-old Linda Lietaviete, who was found dead on Horseshoe Common (Bournemouth) on 12 December 2013.

Following the sentence, Kerry Maylin, Principal Crown Advocate for the Crown Prosecution Service Wessex, said: "Linda's family have today obtained justice for the murder of their beloved daughter and sister. Alvin Santos and Linda Lietaviete were friends and she had no reason to suspect, by agreeing to spend an evening out with him, that he would attack her. He had never been violent to her before, but tragically on that night he stabbed her to death.

"Alvin Santos accepted he had unlawfully killed Linda Lietaviete but maintained he had lost control due to a comment he urged the jury to accept that Linda had said in the moments before her death. He gave evidence that Linda had told him she had set him up in 2011 when he was himself assaulted, Linda would have been 14 in 2011 and Mr Santos 23.

"The prosecution did not accept his version and the jury were sure that Alvin Santos had not lost control on the night when he killed Linda and accordingly found him guilty of her murder.

"Our thoughts remain with Lindas family and many friends."