North East Wales

Janet Commins: Man denies murder of schoolgirl in 1976

Janet Commins Image copyright North Wales Police

A Flintshire man has pleaded not guilty to the murder and rape of a 15-year-old schoolgirl more than 40 years ago.

Defendant Stephen Anthony Hough, 58, of Maes y Dre, Flint, is charged with the murder and rape of Janet Commins between 5 January and 12 January 1976.

He appeared at Mold Crown Court on Monday and formally pleaded not guilty to her murder.

Mr Justice Lewis agreed to an application for the start of the trial to be put off until Tuesday afternoon.

The body of Janet Commins was found under a hedge in a school playing field in Flint on 11 January, 1976.