Man, 22, charged with murder of nine-year-old girl in Lincolnshire

Man, 22, charged with murder of nine-year-old girl in Lincolnshire

Deividas Skebas to appear in court on Monday over stabbing of nine-year-old Lilia Valutyte in Boston

Lilia Valutyte

A man has been charged with the murder of nine-year-old Lilia Valutyte after she was stabbed in Boston on Thursday, Lincolnshire police have said.

Deividas Skebas, 22, was charged on Sunday following the incident that took place in Fountain Lane, Boston at about 6.20pm on 28 July. Lilia was reportedly playing with a hula hoop with her younger sister before she was found with a stab wound.

In a statement, Lincolnshire police said: “We have this evening charged 22-year-old Deividas Skebas with the murder of nine-year-old Lilia Valutyte.” Skebas, a Lithuanian national of Thorold Street, Boston, is due to appear at Lincoln magistrates court on Monday.

Lilia’s parents are being supported by specially trained officers, and police called for their privacy to be respected. “Their welfare continues to be a priority for us” the statement said.

Police officers have been speaking with members of the public in the town to listen to their concerns and Lincolnshire police will “continue to maintain a significant presence over the coming days”.

Ch Supt 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.”

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Parker described the murder as a “devastating incident” that has involved “committing significant resources to the investigation and engaging with people in Boston who are understandably shocked by Lilia’s death”.

Dozens of flowers and other tributes have been left at the corner of Fountain Lane and Fountain Place in memory of the schoolgirl.

People have also been gathering at nearby St Botolph’s church to light candles. The Rev Jane Robertson said the community was coming together to try to reflect on what had happened.