Man accused of murdering nine year-old Lilia Valutyte in Boston appears at Lincoln Crown Court

No pleas were entered at the pre-trial hearing.

Deividas Skebas, 22, pictured leaving Lincoln Crown Court in August last year.
Deividas Skebas, 22, pictured leaving Lincoln Crown Court in August last year.

The case of a man charged with murdering nine-year-old Lilia Valutyte has been adjourned until February.

Lilia was found with a stab wound to her chest in Fountain Lane, Boston, Lincolnshire, on July 28.

Lithuanian national Deividas Skebas, 22, was charged with her murder and his case was listed before Judge Simon Hirst at Lincoln Crown Court yesterday (Thursday) for a pre-trial hearing.

Lilia Valutyte.

Skebas, who is currently remanded into custody, did not appear in court for the hearing and was represented by barrister John McNally.

The Crown Prosecution Service were represented by Christopher Donellan KC.

No pleas were entered and Judge Hirst adjourned the case for a further hearing at Lincoln Crown Court before Mrs Justice Tipples on February 28. That hearing is expected to last two days.

A mention hearing will also take place on February 22.

Lilia suffered the stab wound as she played in the street in broad daylight with her sister.

Footage showed her playing hula-hoop with her younger sibling minutes before the alleged attack at 6.20pm on Thursday, July 28.

An inquest in Lincoln heard that Harry Potter fan Lilia died from a stab wound to the chest.

Skebas, a 22-year-old fruitpicker, was arrested two days later at his home in Boston.