UPDATE: Teenager guilty of rape and murder of 14-year-old girl
A 16-year-old boy has been found guilty of the rape and murder of a teenage girl.
The boy, who cannot be named for legal reasons, denied charges of murder and rape but was convicted following a trial at Wolverhampton Crown Court.
The court heard that the body of 14-year-old Viktorija Sokolova was discovered by a member of the public in West Park in Wolverhampton on 12 April this year.
She was brutally attacked by the defendant and died from blunt force trauma to the head.
Jason Corden-Bowen, from the CPS, said: “Viktorija Sokolova was a young girl with her whole future ahead of her but her life was cut short by this defendant who murdered her in an apparently motiveless and brutal attack.
“The defendant denied the offences but the CPS presented evidence to the jury, including forensic evidence, which proved he was responsible.
“I would like to express my sympathy to Viktorija’s family and loved ones.”
UPDATE: The boy was sentenced to life imprisonment with a minimum term of 19 years on 22 February 2019
Notes to editors
- Jason Corden-Bowen is a District Crown Prosecutor with CPS West Midlands
- The defendant (D.o.B: 26/01/2002) was charged with and found guilty of one count of murder and one count of rape.
- He was sentenced on 22 February 2019 to life imprisonment with a minimum term of 19 years for murder and 10 years concurrent for rape.