Court reveals identity of Wolverhampton teenage murderer

Viktorija Sokolova was killed in a Wolverhampton park

Thursday, July 25, 2019

The identity of a teenager who raped and murdered a 14-year-old girl has been revealed after a court ruling.

Ayman Aziz contacted Viktorija Sokolova over Facebook and lured her to a Wolverhampton park in April last year, where he subjected her to a two-hour assault before dumping her body on a bench.

The 17-year-old was handed a life sentence in February and will spend at least 19 years in prison before he is eligible for bail.

Aziz could not be identified during the trial as he is under the age of 18.

The trial judge had agreed to lift reporting restrictions, but this was successfully challenged by Aziz’s lawyers who said it would affect his rehabilitation.

Lawyer Adam Kane said the teenager has been “bullied and threatened” in detention and has stopped going to educational classes as a result.

The Court of Appeal overruled the challenge, meaning his identity can now be made public.

During sentencing Mr Justice Jeremy Baker said Aziz carried out the “truly shocking” attack after watching pornography and carrying out internet research.

He was caught on CCTV as he attempted to cover-up his crimes by hiding bloodied clothing, deleting Facebook messages and throwing the victim’s phone in a lake.

Aziz showed no remorse during the trial, gave no evidence in his defence and simply nodded when he was ordered to be taken to the cells.

The murder weapon, believed to be a hammer, was never found.

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