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giovedì 8 settembre 2016

Rape, murder of Janet Commins

MURDER cops probing the brutal rape and killing of a 

schoolgirl have arrested a man – 40 years after her 

death shocked the nation.

Detectives re-investigating the cold case of Janet Commins arrested the 57-year-old suspect on Sunday.

The 15-year-old’s freezing body was found under a hedge on January 9 1976 in Flint, north Wales.
She had sneaked out of her home to go to the local swimming baths, but was sexually abused before being strangled to death.

Stephen Hough, 57, who is believed to have lived in Flint at the time of Janet’s death, was arrested more than 200 miles away in Essex after new evidence was found.
He has never previously been quizzed by officers in connection with her death.
Senior Investigating Officer Det Supt Iestyn Davies of North Wales Police said: “There have been significant developments to assist police investigations of this nature in the past 40 years and significant changes in the way we approach murder investigations.
“As a result of new information officers executed warrants at two addresses in Flint on September 5 and a local man has been arrested on suspicion of murder and rape.
She arrived home from school on January 7 but stormed out following a row with her mother.
After sneaking out she left a note in her bedroom, saying she was going to the local swimming baths and would return at 8.30pm.
Janet’s father Ted Commins searched the town for her when she failed to arrive home at 10pm that night, before reporting her missing to police at around 11pm.
Her body was found four days later by three young children out walking their dog.
She was fully clothed, but her shoes were found about a hundred yards away.
A post-mortem found she had been brutally sexually assaulted.
Officers quizzed more than 4,000 people while hunting for her killer.
A man was previously jailed for manslaughter after admitting responsibility for her death.
Following her death, the girl’s mum Eileen Commins described her as “a home-loving girl who had everything to live for”.
She added: “She had no boyfriends and was not the type to go gadding about.
“When a tragedy like this hits you, you try to carry on, but all the time it is at the back of your mind.”


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