Lilia Valutyte: nine-year-old died from stab wound, inquest hears

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A man has been charged with murder following the incident in the market town of Boston, Lincolnshire on July 28.

Lilia Valutyte, nine, died of a stab wound to her chest, an inquest has heard.

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The Lincolnshire Coroner’s Court has been told that the schoolgirl’s death at Boston’s Pilgrim Hospital has been confirmed and she has been officially identified by her stepfather, Aurelijus Savickas.

Deividas Skebas was charged with the murder of Lilia on July 28 in Boston, Lincolnshire.

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He was remanded in custody by a judge at Lincoln Crown Court on Monday (August 1).

Acting Chief Medical Examiner Paul Smith adjourned the investigation pending the completion of criminal proceedings.

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Flowers were left at the site of Lilia’s death

What happened?

Lincolnshire Police said officers were called to Fountain Lane in Boston around 6.20pm on July 28.

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Lilia Valutyte was named as a victim on July 29.

Marko Iosif, nine, was in the same class as Lilia at school and told Sky News she was “always very enthusiastic and always happy”.

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He said he will remember his friend as “always taking care of others.”

She had reportedly been playing with her younger sister just meters from an office where her mother worked at the time of the knife attack.

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According to local residents, the girls had a hula hoop – and a toy stroller was left at the scene.

Detective Chief Inspector Jennifer Lovatt of Lincolnshire Police said in a brief hearing on Thursday that the welfare of the victim’s family “remains a priority”.

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DCI Lovatt said the “devastating incident” meant the force had to devote “a significant number of resources to the investigation.”

Who was arrested?

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Mr Skebas was arrested on July 30.

Mr. Skebas appeared in Lincoln Magistrates’ Court on Monday, where he spoke only to confirm his name, address and date of birth.

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During the two-minute hearing, District Judge Peter Deits told him, “The offense you are facing is the most serious offense anyone can face in court.”

If you have any information regarding Lilia’s death, you can call 101 and report incident 419 of July 28 or report anonymously through Crimestoppers.

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