The trial of the man accused of killing a Flint schoolgirl more than forty years ago has been postponed for the second time in two days.
Stephen Hough denies the murder and rape of Janet Commins, whose body was found under a hedge in a school playing field in January 1976. She went missing from her home to visit a local sports centre.
Hough (58) pleaded not guilty at Mold Crown Court on Monday – his defence successfully applied for the trial to be delayed until Tuesday. But it’s now believed prosecutor Miss Elwern Evans QC was taken ill yesterday while legal arguments were being heard ahead of the case – she is currently in hospital.
Judge Mr Justice Lewis adjourned the trial until Monday 26th June. Police officers will now meet with Miss Commins’ mother to explain why proceedings have been delayed.
Hough, from Maes-y-Dre, is also accused of a serious sexual offence.