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Lillia Valutyte: Man, 22, charged with murdering nine-year-old in suspected stabbing

A 22-year-old man has been charged with the murder of nine-year-old Lillia Valutyte.

Deividas Skebas was arrested and subsequently charged following an appeal by Lincolnshire Police to find the man in connection with the incident.

Skebas, a Lithuanian national, is due to appear at Lincoln Magistrates’ Court on Monday, 1 August.

Lillia, also a Lithuanian national, was killed in a suspected stabbing in Fountain Lane, Boston, around 6.20pm on Thursday.

Following a combination of intelligence and information supplied by members of the public, armed officers made an arrest in the Central Park area of Boston at around 2.45pm on Saturday, Lincolnshire Police said.

The nine-year-old had reportedly been playing with her younger sister on the street just yards from an office where their mother was working. The girls had a hula-hoop, and a toy pram was left at the scene, according to locals.

A resident from the area told The Telegraph that Lillia was playing with toys in the street with her younger sister when it happened.

“I’m sure her mum wouldn’t have been far away as she always checked on them. She was a very quiet girl, and I just can’t understand it.

“I didn’t see what happened, but we were told [police] were looking for footage of a man running away.”

Donna Burton, 57, a hairdresser, who works at a salon overlooking the scene of the incident, saw Lillia playing hide and seek with her little sister at 5.50pm on Thursday, about 30 minutes before she was killed.

She told The Times: “They were just playing, one was hiding, playing hide and seek the older one, and she popped out, with the little one was looking for her, and they were just really happy. It’s really sad.”

Nine-year-old Marko Iosif was in the same class as Lillia and told Sky News that she was “always really enthusiastic and always happy”.

He said that she always looked after other people. Marko’s father, Alin, said young Lillia’s death was “terrifying”.

Chief Superintendent Martyn Parker said: “This is a heartbreaking case that has affected many people in Boston, and further afield.

“Our thoughts continue to be with Lilia’s family at this exceptionally difficult time.

Nine-year-old Lillia Valutyte was reportedly playing outside when she was attacked

“The response to such a devastating incident has involved committing significant resources to the investigation, and engaging with people in Boston who are understandably shocked by Lillia’s death.

“Our officers have been in the town, speaking to the public and listening to their concerns. We’ll continue to maintain a significant presence over the coming days.

“Finally, I’d like to extend my thanks once again to the public and the media, who have provided help in a challenging and fast-moving case. Your support is appreciated by our officers and staff.”

Jurate Matulioniene, a family friend and chairwoman of the Boston Lithuanian Community, said: “Lillia was a beautiful angel, she was quite quiet and loved dancing.

Floral tributes left near the scene ofthe killing in Boston, Lincolnshire

Xural.com

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