Teenage boy charged with murder after body of 14-year-old girl found in Wolverhampton

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A teenage boy charged with raping and murdering a 14-year-old girl has appeared in court.

Viktorija Sokolova was found dead in a park in Wolverhampton by a member of the public on Thursday, a day after she was reported missing.

The Lithuanian-born teenager had suffered blunt force trauma to the head, police said.

A 16-year-old boy, who cannot be named for legal reasons, has been charged with rape and murder.

He spoke only to confirm his name, age and address at a five-minute hearing at Dudley Magistrates’ Court.

The boy was remanded in secure youth detention ahead of a hearing at Wolverhampton Crown Court on Tuesday.

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

Viktorija’s family described the teenager as “a little angel”¬†who “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.”

West Park remains closed as forensic investigations continue.

Additional reporting by PA

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