Man appears in court over Claire Tiltman murder

A man has appeared in court via videolink over the murder of a schoolgirl who was stabbed to death more than two decades ago.

Colin Ash-Smith, 45, is accused of fatally knifing 16-year-old Claire Tiltman in an alleyway off the A226 London Road in Greenhithe, Kent, on January 18, 1993.

The Dartford Grammar School pupil was wounded more than 40 times as she took a short cut to visit a friend, four days after her 16th birthday.

At Maidstone Magistrates' Court, Ash-Smith spoke only to confirm his name, date of birth and last address via videolink.

No plea was indicated.

Ash-Smith was further remanded in custody and he will next appear at a preliminary hearing at Maidstone Crown Court on Monday, March 3.

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Man in court over Claire Tiltman murder

A man charged with the murder of Kent teenager Claire Tiltman has appeared in court.