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Boy in court charged with rape and murder of 14-year-old found dead in park

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A teenage boy has appeared in court charged with the rape and murder of a 14-year-old girl who was found dead in a park.

Viktorija Sokolova was discovered by a member of the public in West Park, Wolverhampton, at about 7am on Thursday last week.

The Lithuanian-born youngster was reported missing on Wednesday but was pronounced dead the following day, after suffering a blunt force trauma to the head.

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A 16-year-old boy spoke only to confirm his name, age and address at a five-minute hearing at Dudley Magistrates' Court on Monday.

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

The park remains closed as police carry out forensic examination Credit: BPM Media

Viktorija's family paid tribute to her, saying she was "like a little angel"and "she made our lives so colourful and full of meaning".

The teenager was remanded into secure youth detention accommodation until a further hearing at Wolverhampton Crown Court on Tuesday.

West Park remained closed while a comprehensive forensic examination continued.