Aunt warned girl, 14, whose killer had sex with her body about weirdos in park

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A teenage girl was urged against meeting a boy who battered her to death in a park by a friend’s aunt who warned her ‘you don’t know what weirdos are out there’, a court heard.

Viktorija Sokolova’s half-naked body was found propped up on a bench at a pavilion known as Black House in West Park, Wolverhampton, in April.

The 14-year-old had been subjected to a ‘ferocious’ hammer attack during which she was struck at least 21 times and had her skull smashed in.

Undated handout file photo issued by West Midlands Police of Viktorija Sokolova. A teenage boy is due to stand trial accused of killing the 14-year-old girl whose body was found in a park. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Monday November 26, 2018. The 16-year-old defendant pleaded not guilty to the murder of Sokolova at a previous court hearing in August. A member of the public found the body of Lithuanian-born Viktorija in West Park, Wolverhampton, on April 12 this year. See PA story COURTS Park. Photo credit should read: West Midlands Police/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.

Viktorija Sokolova’s body was found in woodland after she had allegedly been raped and murdered (Picture: PA)

A 16-year-old boy, who cannot be named for legal reasons, has gone on trial at Wolverhampton Crown Court accused of murdering the schoolgirl.

He is also charged with raping the Lithuanian youngster and having sex with her dead body.

A woman racially abused a takeaway worker after she asked for free fried chicken in return for sexual favours, a court heard. Kelly Fielding went to Chesters Chicken in Wythenshawe just after midnight and started to demand free food. caption: Kelly FieldingWoman who offered sex in return for fried chicken went on racist rant when rejected

Yesterday a police interview with a 13-year-old friend of Viktorija was played to the jury.

She told officers how Viktorija had planned to move to London the day after she was battered in the park with such force her spine was ‘snapped’ in two.

The girl, who cannot be named for legal reasons, also revealed Viktorija had arranged a midnight rendezvous with defendant, who called himself ‘Lazy Cho’.

She said: ‘The person [Lazy Cho] asked to meet Viktorija at midnight – she said yes but you can see from the texts he was asking to meet her for ages.

FILE PICTURE - Linked to todays SWNS story SWMDmurder, November 26, 2018, about a 16 year-old, who will appear on trial at Wolverhampton Crown court after being charged with rape and murder of 14-year-old Viktorija Sokolova. Police at the scene at West Park, Wolverhampton after the body of a teenage girl was found on Thursday morning, Wolverhampton, April 13, 2018. Two teenage boys have been arrested on suspicion of murdering a 14-year-old girl who was found battered to death in a park. See NTI story NTIMURDER. Officers were called to picturesque West Park in Wolverhampton after the schoolgirl's body was found by a passer-by at around 7am on Thursday (12/4). West Midlands Police said it quickly became apparent that nothing could be done to save her and she was pronounced dead at the scene. A post mortem has since revealed the girl, who has not been formally identified, died as a result of blunt force trauma to her head. Yesterday (Fri) the force said they had arrested two boys, aged 16 and 17, at their homes in Wolverhampton on suspicion of her murder. The pair are being quizzed by detectives and remain in police custody.

Caption: FILE PICTURE – Linked to todays SWNS story SWMDmurder, November 26, 2018, about a 16 year-old, who will appear on trial at Wolverhampton Crown court after being charged with rape and murder of 14-year-old Viktorija Sokolova. Police at the scene at West Park, Wolverhampton after the body of a teenage girl was found on Thursday morning, Wolverhampton, April 13, 2018. Two teenage boys have been arrested on suspicion of murdering a 14-year-old girl who was found battered to death in a park. See NTI story NTIMURDER. Officers were called to picturesque West Park in Wolverhampton after the schoolgirl’s body was found by a passer-by at around 7am on Thursday (12/4). West Midlands Police said it quickly became apparent that nothing could be done to save her and she was pronounced dead at the scene. A post mortem has since revealed the girl, who has not been formally identified, died as a result of blunt force trauma to her head. Yesterday (Fri) the force said they had arrested two boys, aged 16 and 17, at their homes in Wolverhampton on suspicion of her murder. The pair are being quizzed by detectives and remain in police custody.
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FILE PICTURE - Linked to todays SWNS story SWMDmurder, November 26, 2018, about a 16 year-old, who will appear on trial at Wolverhampton Crown court after being charged with rape and murder of 14-year-old Viktorija Sokolova. Police at the scene at West Park in Wolverhampton after the body of a teenage girl was found this morning, Wolverhampton, April 12, 2018. See NTI story NTIMURDER. Police have launched a murder probe after the body of a teenage girl was discovered in a picturesque park near a city centre. The victim, who has not been identified, was found dead in West Park in Wolverhampton at around 7am on Thursday (12/4) by a member of the public. West Midlands Police said it quickly became apparent that nothing could be done to save her and she was pronounced dead at the scene. The force said nobody has yet been arrested in connection with the death and the victim's family were being supported by specialist officers. The 17-acre park -surrounded by a hospital, two schools and near to Wolverhampton Wanderers FC???s Molineux stadium - has been sealed off for forensic examination. Detective Chief Inspector Edward Foster, leading the investigation, said: ???The investigation is at an early stage, but we???re really keen to hear from anyone who was in or around the park overnight.

West Park, Wolverhampton, where Viktorija’s body was found in April this year (Picture: SWNS)

‘She told us that she was going to London the next day to get away from Wolverhampton. She did not give a reason she just said I’m going to London for a few months.

‘She said that boy had asked to meet her in West Park at midnight, we just looked at each other – that was really late but I thought nothing of it.

File photo dated 14/8/2018 of off-peak day return rail tickets and money. Britain???s rail fares will increase by an average of 3.1% on January 2, industry body the Rail Delivery Group said. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Friday November 30, 2018. Many long-distance commuters will see the annual cost of getting to work rise by more than ??100 when the new fares come into force on January 2. See PA story RAIL Fares. Photo credit should read: Ben Birchall/PA WireWhy are rail fares rising when services are so bad?

‘She just said he was a mate and did not tell us anything. Viktorija was with my friend, she was meant to go at 8pm but stayed to 10pm.

‘Her [friend’s] aunt told her to not walk through the park because it is “unsafe and you don’t know what weirdos are out there”.

‘She did not want people to know who she was meeting.

‘We were going to go out on Friday, then they found a body and we knew she went though West Park, she was not answering her messages and calls.

‘I saw it was a teenage girl. I had a feeling it was her

‘I had a text from my friend, she had called me loads – I spoke to her and she said that body was Viktorija’s.

‘My friend had access to Viktorija’s Facebook as it was on her phone – and it showed she was talking to this boy [Lazy Cho].

‘His name was not a proper name.

‘Viktorija was very funny, if we had a problem she was always there, she was very protective over people, she’d back you up all the time.

‘I kept blaming myself, I could have done something – but my mum said I couldn’t.’

The court heard previously how Viktorija’s body was dragged outside the building before the killer threw her jeans and bloodstained knickers in a nearby bin.

Her phone was found at the bottom of a nearby lake, with her pink boots discarded near the water’s edge.

She was found by dog-walker Daniel Squire at about 7am on April 12 and pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics.

The boy accepts meeting Viktorija in the park, where he claims consensual sexual activity took place, but denies the charges against him.

The case continues.