Claire Tiltman murder: Colin Ash-Smith appears in court

Claire Tiltman Claire Tiltman was killed four days after her 16th birthday

A man has appeared in court over the murder of a schoolgirl who was stabbed to death more than two decades ago.

Colin Ash-Smith, 45, is accused of killing Claire Tiltman in an alleyway in Greenhithe, Kent, in January 1993.

Colin Ash-Smith Colin Ash-Smith is due to appear at Maidstone Crown Court in March

The Dartford Grammar School pupil was stabbed more than 40 times, four days after her 16th birthday.

Mr Ash-Smith, who appeared via videolink from Belmarsh Prison, was remanded to appear at Maidstone Crown Court on 3 March.

The killing is one of Kent Police's longest-running unsolved cases and it has been subject to a number of reviews by cold case detectives.

Claire had taken a shortcut on her way to see a friend when she died.

Her father Cliff died in September 2012 and her mother Lin died in 2008.

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