Claire Tiltman murder: Colin Ash-Smith appears in court
- 28 February 2014
- From the section Kent
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.
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.