Man in court over Claire Tiltman murder

A trial is underway into the death of Kent teenager, Claire Tiltman.

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Colin Ash-Smith trial - latest report from court

A jury has heard how a murder suspect walked into the home of a woman he wrongly claimed to be his girlfriend - and was found in her garage holding a sharp metal file.

Colin Ash-Smith also included the woman's name in a document he drew up listing alleged girlfriends. He denies the murder of 16 year-old Claire Tiltman in Kent in 1993. Watch Derek Johnson's report

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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