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15-year-old boy convicted of killing seven-year-old girl while speeding on stolen motorcycle | UK News

Seven-year-old Katniss Seleznev was thrown about 20 meters away when she was hit.


Thursday 23 May 2024 09:27, United Kingdom

A teenager who ran over and killed a seven-year-old girl while riding a stolen motorcycle has been sentenced to 64 months in prison.

Katniss Seleznev was thrown about 20 meters when she was hit while the boy, who cannot be named due to his age, was riding a blue Suzuki motorcycle at around 52mph on Turnstone Road. Walsallon the afternoon of July 27 of last year.

The schoolgirl was riding a pink three-wheeled scooter outside her home with her twin brother and older sister when she was hit on a 30mph residential road, Wolverhampton Crown Court heard on Wednesday.

The teenager, who is now 15 years old but was 14 at the time of the fatal accident, did not stop at the scene but instead headed to a nearby road before hiding the bicycle, which was later found burned in some bushes.

Following his arrest, the boy made no comment in interview but pleaded guilty to causing death by dangerous driving at Wolverhampton Magistrates’ Court in April.



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Flowers left at the spot near where Katniss died. Photo: PA

A witness told police that the motorcycle, driven by a boy with his hood up and his face covered by a balaclava, narrowly avoided hitting her vehicle as the bike was traveling on the wrong side of the road toward her.

Collision investigators said there were no obvious signs that the driver had attempted to brake before hitting Katniss.

Katniss’s mother, Lina, who listened to the proceedings through a Bulgarian interpreter, wept silently as CCTV footage was played showing her children riding their scooters in the street before a clip showing her youngest daughter flying down the street. the air after the collision.

Judge Michael Chambers KC, Recorder of Wolverhampton, said he could not imagine the impact Katniss’ death has had on her parents and siblings as a result of the “appalling” accident.

He sentenced the teenager to serve half of a 64-month prison sentence before being released on licence.



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The accident happened on Turnstone Road, Walsall, in the West Midlands. Photo: PA

‘You didn’t even stop to help’

“This was, as you now understand, an appalling offence, compounded by the fact that you did not even stop to help but instead went ahead and tried to get rid of the motorbike, presumably to try to thwart the police investigation,” he said.

“It was a motorcycle that was stolen from me a few weeks before and because of your age you shouldn’t have driven anything.

“There is no suggestion that you braked and Katniss didn’t have a chance. It’s fair to say you were upset after the collision and I accept that you are remorseful, but it was the police who came to you, not the other way around.”

The teenager had previously been convicted of taking a vehicle without the owner’s consent, driving without insurance and unauthorized driving, and had been given a referral order.

Defending, Robert Cowley said the boy had a difficult upbringing and was developmentally immature for his age, but by pleading guilty he had shown remorse.

The teen looked solemn, dressed in a blue hoodie and black pants, and kept his head down during the procedure.

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‘Time will not heal this loss’

Katniss was described by her father Bojil as “full of joy” and a “dream child” in a statement read to the court.

He added that Katniss and her twin brother were born after the couple “struggled for five years” through multiple miscarriages and rounds of IVF.

“God finally gave them to us. Then they left Katniss to die like an animal in the street,” the statement said.

“Time will not heal this loss. We should not have outlived our son.”

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