A Lithuanian citizen has been detained in Boston, a market town in Lincolnshire in eastern England, on suspicion of murdering a 9-year-old girl who was stabbed to death while playing in the street with her sister.
Deividas Skebas, 22, was arrested on Saturday and charged with killing Lilia Valutyte, who was stabbed to death on July 28.
Boston is home to thousands of Lithuanians, many of whom originally moved to the town to work on farms and in the food processing industry in the surrounding countryside.
Skevas appeared in the Lincoln Magistrate’s Court on Monday and confirmed his name, address and date of birth in a two-minute hearing.
“The crime you’re facing is the most serious crime anyone could face in court,” District Court Judge Peter Feites told Skebas.
Skevas then appeared at Lincoln Criminal Court, where Judge Simon Hurst told him: It can be held. ”
Lillia was stabbed in Boston’s Fountain Lane at 6:20 pm on July 28, and her parents are being assisted by a specially trained family liaison officer.
CCTV images of suspect released
Skebas was detained after police released CCTV images of a man seen in the Wormgate and Fountain Lane areas just before Lillia was killed.
Two others arrested earlier this week have been released without further action.
Lilia was playing with her sister with hula hoops and prams near the company where her mother works.
Boston, Lincolnshire was the first home of the New England Puritan settlers, who decided to call their new city Boston, Massachusetts, after their old home town.
PA Media contributed to this report.