Regional News — July 10, 2017 at 1:34 pm — Updated: July 10, 2017 at 1:34 pm

Flint murder trial: man denies schoolgirl’s murder


Family photo: North Wales Police

A man accused of the murder of Flint schoolgirl Janet Commins over forty years ago has told a jury he did not know the victim.

Stephen Hough (58), who was arrested and charged last year, denies all charges including rape, sexual assault and manslaughter. Ms Commins was found dead in a school playing field in January 1976, four days after she went missing from her home.

Under cross-examination, Hough told Mold Crown Court he did not know the origin of DNA matching his which was found on Janet’s body. He also denied telling his former wife that he had killed someone.

The prosecution claimed that Hough gave ”no comment” to questions when interviewed by police as he felt his replies would not ”stand up to scrutiny”. Hough told the court he had admitted siphoning petrol from a vehicle when he was first interviewed about the murder – for which he was later fined.

Last week, the trial heard from Noel Jones, who served six years in jail after admitting manslaughter at the time – but he maintained that while he never appealed his conviction, he insisted he never killed her and confessed under pressure. Mr Jones said officers had made up two confession statements and forced him into signing them.

Hough said he never knew Mr Jones, nor another man, Michael Orford, whom it was claimed had been involved in Ms Commins’ death, although no evidence was offered against him in the original trial.

The accused also denied taking advantage of Mr Jones’ guilty plea and claimed that at the time of her death, he never had sex.

The trial continues.


Source: BBC Cymru Wales

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