North East Wales

Man accused of Janet Commins' murder in 1976 appears in court

Janet Commins Image copyright North Wales Police

A man accused of murdering a schoolgirl from Flintshire 40 years ago has appeared at Mold Crown Court.

Stephen Hough, 57, of Flint, is charged with the rape, sexual assault and murder of 15-year-old Janet Commins.

Her body was found on a school playing field in Flint on 11 January 1976.

Mr Hough, who spoke only to confirm his name via video link, also faces separate charges of rape and sexual touching, alleged to have happened in February this year.

The case was adjourned until a hearing on 5 December.

Image copyright Andrew Price
Image caption Stephen Hough (r) is led into court

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