Sick teenage sex killer named after losing legal bid for anonymity
SICK: Ayman Aziz can now be named after media, including this website, argued for it (WMP)
THIS twisted teen, who lured a 14-year-old friend to a park before raping and murdering her, has been named after this website argued for his anonymity to be lifted. This is the first image of evil Ayman Aziz after he lost an appeal to overturn the decision of Judge Mr Justice Jeremy Baker to lift an automatic anonymity order for criminals aged under 18. In February he was jailed for a minimum of 19 years at Wolverhampton Crown Court for the murder of Viktorija Sokolova, 14. Judges have the discretion to name juveniles who are convicted of the most serious of offences such as this type of murder. Essex News and Investigations and other media had earlier called on Judge Baker to lift the automatic restriction because the heinous crime was so serious.
MURDERED: Viktorija Sokolova was lured to a park and killed (Family picture)
In an application to the judge, we said: "It could be argued that this is one such case due to the 'incomprehensible' level of violence involved." Judge baker agreed, but lawyers for Aziz appealed, delaying his naming, until it was thrown out on Thursday. Adam Kane QC argued the reporting restrictions should not be lifted because they would have an adverse effect on Aziz's rehabilitation. He also said the teenager, who has been diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia, had been "bullied and threatened" in detention and stopped attending educational classes as a result. But Lord Chief Justice Lord Burnett and two other senior judges rejected Aziz's challenge. They also rejected an appeal by Aziz against his minimum term. Viktorija was reported missing the day before her body was discovered on a park bench in West Park, Wolverhampton, on April 12 last year.
INCOMPREHENSIBLE VIOLENCE: Judge Baker (Photoshot)
He inflicted "incomprehensible" violence upon her, Mr Baker said, when he was found guilty of murder and rape in December. The girl's head was "smashed in" with a hammer-like object in a "sustained and ferocious" attack. Jurors at Wolverhampton Crown Court unanimously found the defendant guilty of murder and rape, but were directed to clear him of a further charge of sexual penetration of a corpse. Lithuanian-born Viktorija went to the park late at night on April 11 after her killer contacted her via Facebook Messenger, the court heard. But, she was struck over the head at least 21 times, causing multiple fractures to her skull and spine. The boy raped her and dragged her 150m across the park, where he left her draped on the bench. Police said the assault was so violent they found three of the schoolgirl's teeth and an earring, ripped from her ear, in the blood-spattered pavilion. The court heard her killer had claimed the pair had consensual sex and she was "alive and well" when he left to go home. But he was caught on CCTV as he attempted to cover up what he had done by hiding clothing and hurling his victim's phone towards a lake. Det Insp Caroline Corfield said there was "nothing" in the defendant's background to suggest he would "commit a seriously violent act, let alone the inexplicable levels of violence involved in Viktorija's murder". The pair had been friends, she said, emphasising her killer was not a "faceless person" she met online.