Ayman Aziz was sixteen years old when he sexually assaulted and murdered a fourteen year old girl. According to court documents This teen killer lured fourteen year old Viktorija Sokolova to a park on the basis of just wanting to talk and smoke weed however the teen killer had much darker plans.
This Ayman Aziz would strike the girl over the head several times before brutally sexually assaulting the teenager. Coroner reports would indicate she had been hit with a hammer like object over twenty times which caused the death of Viktorija Sokolova. Ayman Aziz would drag her body to a bench a hundred and fifty feet away and attempted to cover up his crime by deleting Facebook messages, getting rid of clothes and throwing the victims cellphone into a nearby lake. This teen killer who was caught on closed circuit video would be arrested by police and later would be convicted and sentenced to life in prison
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A boy has been detained for life for the rape and murder of a 14-year-old girl in a park.
Now 17, his trial heard he “smashed” Viktorija Sokolova’s head with a hammer-like object in a “sustained and ferocious” attack on 11 April 2018.
Her lifeless and partially clothed body was found by a dog walker on a bench in Wolverhampton’s West Park the next day.
At Wolverhampton Crown Court the boy, who cannot be named, was ordered to serve a minimum of 19 years.
The boy had denied any wrongdoing but was unanimously convicted by a jury at the same court on 17 December last year.
Jurors heard Lithuanian-born Viktorija was lured to West Park late at night after being contacted by her killer on Facebook Messenger.
Once there, the pair met at a pavilion referred to as the “black house”, where Viktorija was struck over the head at least 21 times causing multiple fractures to her skull and spine.
The sentencing judge said Viktorija – described in court by her mother as her “one and only” – had been left “degraded” after she was “battered” and her body dragged 150 yards to a bench.
Following the killing, the youth was caught on CCTV as he attempted to cover up the offence by hiding clothing, having already deleted Facebook messages and hurled his victim’s phone towards a lake.
Mr Justice Jeremy Baker told the boy he had carried out a “truly shocking attack” on a defenceless and vulnerable young girl after watching pornography and carrying out internet research.
He added: “The offences committed were extraordinarily serious.
“Given the nature both of your personal internet research, and the injuries subsequently inflicted on her, it is clear you had planned not only to rape her but batter her to death with a weapon you’d brought with you, for that purpose.”
The weapon used in the attack has not been found.
Adam Kane QC, in mitigation, told the judge the boy had been diagnosed as a paranoid schizophrenic since the end of the trial.
The court heard her killer had claimed the pair had consensual sex and she was “alive and well” when he left to go home.
But police found the mobile phone he used to contact Viktorija in the back of a wardrobe and discovered Facebook Messenger, plus records of calls to and from Viktorija, had been deleted, as had records of searches.
In the hours after the killing he used his brother’s phone to search “how to delete your Facebook account permanently” and also filmed himself scrolling through the Notes app on his iPhone as he prepared to delete evidence
In a victim impact statement read to court, Viktorija’s mother Karolina Valantiniene said her daughter had “many beautiful plans for the future”, learning how to drive, finishing school, and she had spoken of “buying her a beautiful prom dress”.
“April 12, 2018 was the most horrible day of my life,” Ms Valantiniene said.
“I left for work, as normal, and at work was asked to come to the office and – at that moment – my world fell apart.
“I cried out all my tears. It felt like no tears were left.”
She added: “I wanted to die together with her. Many times, I’ve asked why are there such terrible people on the Earth.
“To realise you don’t have your child anymore, and never will again.”
Despite the mobile phone evidence, the boy’s barristers had suggested Viktorija’s parents may have played a part in her death after it emerged microscopic traces of her stepfather’s semen were found in her underwear.
But the pair were eliminated from police inquiries at an early stage, and forensic experts suggested the transfer of her stepfather’s DNA was via innocent means.
Saidas Valantinas said he had no idea why his DNA was on her clothing and said the defence’s argument was “unreasonable”, “unsubstantiated”, and “rude”.
The court also heard about his “turbulent” relationship with Viktorija, who was sent to live with her father in Northern Ireland for two months because she repeatedly ran away.
Jurors were told there was also a physical altercation between Viktorija and her mother the Sunday before her murder.
Wolverhampton Safeguarding Board has said it will publish a serious case review looking at Viktorija’s contact with the authorities.
Detective Inspector Caroline Corfield from West Mercia Police’s homicide unit described it as a “deeply distressing case”.
“The murder of Viktorija shocked the local community and the wider general public, not least because of the ages of those involved,” she said
“As many young teens do, Viktorija was testing boundaries and could be wilful, but she was a popular girl and had the love and support of her family and friends.
“She certainly had her whole life ahead of her, but sadly that was brutally cut short.”
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Reporting restrictions preventing a teenage murderer from being named have been lifted today (Thursday 25 July) as the schoolboy appeared at court to appeal his 19-year minimum sentence.
Ayman Aziz, aged 17 from Bright Street, Wolverhampton, was sentenced to life in prison last February for the murder of 14-year-old Viktorija Sokolova in April last year. He was told he must serve at least 19 years in prison before being eligible to apply for parole. He was also sentenced to an additional 10 years for rape to run concurrently.
But today Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales, Baron Burnett of Maldon refused an appeal hearing declaring that his sentence would remain. He also lifted reporting restriction imposed at previous hearings.
Aziz was just 16 when he arranged to meet Viktorija in West Park on the evening of 11 April. The teen’s body was found the following morning by a dog walker.
CCTV showed Aziz walk from Bright Street towards the Kingsland Road entrance of West Park. He was seen again, wearing distinctive Adidas trainers, leaving the park around two hours later.
Overwhelming evidence led a jury to take just seven hours to find him guilty of raping and killing Viktorija after a three week trial in December.
DI Caroline Corfield said: “I am pleased with the outcome of the hearing today. It means a lot to Viktorija’s family that the name of her killer has been made public.”
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The murder of a 14-year-old girl by another teenager in a park could not have been predicted or prevented, a Serious Case Review has found.
Although the review of the death of Viktorija Sokolova made eight recommendations to improve practices by agencies which had contact with her, it concluded there were “no indications that her life was at risk” from Ayman Aziz.
Aziz, who was 16 at the time of the killing, is serving a life sentence for the rape and murder of Viktorija in Wolverhampton’s West Park late on April 11 last year.
The killer, now aged 17, launched a “truly shocking” attack on the schoolgirl in a pavilion after arranging to meet her via Facebook Messenger, eventually leaving her body on a bench.
An independent review published by Wolverhampton Safeguarding Children Board on Friday, which referred to Viktorija as Child N, described her killing as a “tragic loss of a young, vibrant life.”
The review stated: “There were no indications that her life was at risk from the person convicted of her killing.
“Neither evidence from the review nor criminal proceedings shows that Child N’s death could have been predicted or prevented. Despite her vulnerabilities, there is no evidence that her murder was a result of either criminal or sexual exploitation; nor is there evidence of criminal or sexual exploitation.”
Viktorija, originally from Lithuania, had lived with her mother and stepfather in the UK for seven years.
The review was commissioned to ascertain the involvement of agencies with Viktorija and to determine if any lessons could be learned about the way in which professionals work together to safeguard children.
It considered the 12 months leading up to Viktorija’s death, covering the period in which concerns about her were raised and agencies became involved.
Commenting on the report, Linda Sanders, Independent Chair of Wolverhampton Safeguarding Board, said: “Our thoughts are with the victim’s family and friends today.
“What happened to her highlights the risks which vulnerable children and young people can find themselves subject to – and sadly she experienced the dreadful and worst possible consequences which can result.
“The Serious Case Review was commissioned to see what, if anything, agencies involved could have done differently which could have led to a different outcome.