Dorset

Linda Lietaviete murder: Alvin Santos jailed for life

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Image caption Linda Lietaviete's body was found covered in leaves near a Bournemouth flyover

A man has been jailed for life for murdering a 16-year-old business student in Bournemouth.

Alvin Santos, 26, was sentenced at Winchester Crown Court to at least 20 years in prison after a jury found him guilty on Friday.

Linda Lietaviete was killed on 12 December and was found partially clothed with seven stab wounds to her chest at Horseshoe Common.

The student had arranged to meet Santos the night before.

Blood tests showed Santos had taken methylone, an illegal drug which has similar effects to amphetamines or ecstasy, at some time in the previous 24 hours.

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Image caption Alvin Santos: Became "furious" during chat with Linda

In a statement, Linda's family said: "From the moment we were told by police that she had been killed, the life of our family changed forever.

"Linda was only 16 at the time of her death and had her whole life ahead of her.

"She was a conscientious and caring girl and would always be thinking about her family.

"Our family grieves for Linda on a daily basis."

The family thanked Dorset Police, ambulance staff and the Crown Prosecution Service.

On the night of her murder, Santos said he had been drinking and chatting with Linda, a Latvian student, but had become "furious" when she told him she was responsible for him being assaulted in 2010.

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Image caption The court was shown CCTV images of the pair in the hours before Linda Lietaviete was found dead

He admitted stabbing Linda but said he had "blacked out" during the attack.

His sister Catherine alerted the authorities after he told her he had stabbed someone and she saw blood on his hands.

Det Insp Marcus Hester, of Dorset Police's Major Crime Investigation Team, said Linda had been the victim of a "violent and sustained attack".

"Linda was highly regarded by her family and college and had many friends. She was a hard-working and loved girl whose life was cut tragically short by the actions of an older man," he said.

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