A TEEN boy accused of killing a 12-year-old girl who was stabbed to death while turning on the Christmas lights will appear in court next year.
Ava White suffered “catastrophic injuries” after being assaulted in Liverpool city center last week.
A 14-year-old boy, who has not been legally named, appeared at Liverpool Crown Court today charged with murder.
The teenager is also facing a charge of possession of an article with one-sided content.
He spoke only to confirm his name, date of birth and address during the brief hearing.
No plea has been made but a provisional trial date for May 16 next year has been set.
A plea hearing and preparatory trial will be held on February 18.
No bail applications have been made and the boy has been moved to a safe place.
Three other boys, aged 13, 14 and 15, arrested on suspicion of murder were granted conditional bail.
Emergency crews rushed downtown on Thursday night as families gathered to watch the Christmas lights come on.
Paramedics discovered Ava collapsed on the ground as a member of the public desperately tried to save her life.
She was rushed to the hospital but could not be saved and died soon after.
Remembrances are overwhelming for Ava with devastated friends and family placing bouquets of flowers in the streets following the horror.
A friend said: “She is just a vibrant character, very loving and caring.
“She goes out with her friends to enjoy herself and I think it’s wrong that this has happened.”
Ava’s principal at the Catholic University of Notre Dame, Peter Duffy, said she was “loved, valued and unique”.
“She’s an incredibly popular girl with a great group of friends,” he said.
“Our deepest thoughts and prayers go to Ava’s family, friends, and everyone affected by this utterly tragic event.
“My staff is working with students to provide all the support they need at this traumatic time.”
Anyone with information can call police on 101.
https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/16902965/boy-court-murder-ava-white-liverpool-2/ Boy, 14, in court charged with murder of schoolgirl Ava White, 12, killed while turning on Christmas lights