North East Wales

Man in court over 1976 schoolgirl Janet Commins murder

Janet Commins Image copyright North Wales Police

A man has appeared in court charged with the rape, sexual assault and murder of a 15-year-old Flintshire schoolgirl 40 years ago.

Stephen Anthony Hough, 57, spoke only to confirm his name at a brief hearing at Llandudno Magistrates Court on Wednesday.

Janet Commins's body was found on a school playing field in Flint in 11 January 1976.

She disappeared after visiting a local leisure centre.

Mr Hough has also been charged with separate offences of rape and sexual touching, which are alleged to have happened in February this year.

He was remanded in custody and due to appear at Mold Crown Court on Thursday.

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