Found Dead 13th December 2013
Linda Lietaviete (16) was found dead on Friday 13th December 2013 on Horseshoe Common in Bournemouth. She died from multiple stab wounds.
Alvin Jay Santos (25), a student at Bournemouth and Poole College, denies her murder.
Ms Lietaviete, who was originally from Latvia, was a business administration student at Bournemouth and Poole College. She moved to Bournemouth with her family around five years before her death. She was a popular pupil at Glenmoor School, where she achieved good GCSE passes, and was the youngest person on a business administration course at Bournemouth and Poole College. She was also a keen member of the Army Cadet Force and was looking forward to learning to drive.
Her family and friends described her as a determined, hard-working girl who touched the lives of all who knew her. She had previously volunteered at Naomi House for three months.
A friend said “She always made us laugh – always,” adding “I have no bad memories of her, I’ve never even seen her upset or angry, she was always smiling. She had her whole life in front of her and was determined to do something with it. She had a lot of plans.
She never thought about herself, she was so caring and was helpful and supportive to everyone she met. She was like an angel who was smiling all the time and made everyone laugh. Everybody’s in shock, we don’t understand how or who could do something to Linda like that.”
Ben Parnell, head of Glenmoor school, said: “She was extremely polite, very articulate, intelligent and just a lovely girl who did really well in her exams. We are deeply saddened and appalled by the tragic death of our former pupil and our thoughts and prayers are with Linda’s family at this terrible time. She was a top kid at our school and it’s a big shock for everybody.”
Staff at Bournemouth and Poole College also expressed their deep shock and sadness at Linda’s death. A statement from the College said: “Linda was a very popular student and has been described within the College, as a joy to teach. She had an outstanding attendance record, and got involved in many aspects of student life; she was a student rep and contributed much on behalf of her fellow students. Linda was studying a Level 3 course in Business Administration; her classmates are devastated by the news.”
Santos appeared at Winchester Crown Court on 28th February where he entered a not guilty plea and was remanded in custody until 27th May 2014. He lived in Bournemouth, but was born in the Philippines.
The investigation was carried out by the Dorset Police Major Crime Team.
Note: This report was draw from reports in the Bournemouth Daily Echo and Heart Dorset.