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Claire Tiltman's killer facing life sentence

The judge Mr Justice Sweeney warned Ash-Smith he faced a life sentence.

Colin Ash-Smith Credit: Kent Police

The only sentence I can impose upon a conviction for murder is one of life imprisonment. However it is also incumbent upon me to form a view as to the length of any minimum term.

This case has obviously been a very demanding case for any jury to have to sit upon. The crimes that you have had to consider are appalling.

I'm extremely grateful to you for the way in which you have gone about your duties with conspicuous responsibility and consideration from the first to the last.

– Mr Justice Sweeney

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Tiltman's killer 'would have attacked more women'

Nigel Pilkington, head of the Complex Casework Unit for the Crown Prosecution Service South East, said Ash-Smith would have attacked many more women if he had the chance.

He is a man who is always looking, stalking - always looking to attack women. The fact he only attacks some of the time is because he is not going to attack if he is going to be seen.

He is thinking about it (attacking) all the time. How many times has he thought about doing it and then abandoned it? Probably hundreds of times.

I don't think he can help himself because he is in a 'psycho state of mind'. If you ask him if he wanted to kill Claire Tiltman, I think he couldn't stop himself.

– Nigel Pilkington, head of the Complex Casework Unit for the Crown Prosecution Service South East
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Detectives brand Claire Tiltman's killer 'pure evil'

Detectives branded Claire Tiltman's killer Colin Ash-Smith "pure evil" and said he should never be free to walk the streets again.

Detective Superintendent Rob Vinson, from the Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate Cold Case Team, said the murder was one of the most "horrific" and "emotive" cases he had worked on.

Scene where Claire Tiltman was stabbed to death in 1993 Credit: PA

Ash-Smith is a very dangerous individual. He is a predator. He would be stalking women with evil intent (to carry out attacks) - some of which he carried out and some of which he didn't.

On the night in question Claire was in the wrong place at the wrong time

When you look at the writings and some of the things he has done, this is a very, very dangerous individual, and justice has been served at last for the brutal murder of Claire.

– Detective Superintendent Rob Vinson
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Parents of Claire Tiltman 'were her idols'

Friends of Claire who have attended court every day of the trial broke down in tears as the verdict was read out at Inner London Crown Court.

We've spoken a lot about how much Linda and Cliff [Claire's parents] loved Claire.

She was their world. But until now we've never talked about how much she loved them.

They had one of the strongest bonds I have ever seen in a family. Her parents were her idols, and she was never embarrassed to say that or to show it.

– Lisa Gribbin, Claire's best friend

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Former milkman found guilty of 1993 schoolgirl murder

A former milkman has been found guilty of murdering schoolgirl Claire Tiltman more than 20 years ago.

Claire Tiltman, aged 16, was murdered in 1993 Credit: PA

Colin Ash-Smith, aged 46, was convicted of murder at Inner London Crown Court today, in what the court heard was a "frenzied and remorseless" attack in 1993.

Sixteen-year-old Claire was stabbed to death as she walked to a friend's house in Horns Cross, Kent.

Farage clarifies Reckless comments on migrants

Nigel Farage has clarified his party's stance on migrant workers after Ukip candidate Mark Reckless suggested EU migrants who have been in the UK for a number of years could still be forced to return to their native country.

Speaking to ITV News, the Ukip leader said:

"We have never argued at any point in time that the UK should retrospectively change the law.

"To be clear: Anybody who has legally come to Britain is entitled to stay in Britain."

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