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.
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.
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.
‘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.
‘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.