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Swanscombe man Colin Ash-Smith entered no plea at Old Bailey over schoolgirl Claire Tiltman's murder in Greenhithe

19 May 2014
by Lizzie Massey

A man accused of murdering Greenhithe schoolgirl Claire Tiltman 21 years ago appeared in court today.

Via video-link Colin Ash-Smith, from Swanscombe, appeared at the Old Bailey for a plea and case management hearing.

However, the 45-year-old did not enter a plea and his trial will begin on November 3.

Claire Tiltman was found dead in an alleyway in 1993

Claire Tiltman was found dead in an alleyway in 1993

He is accused of fatally stabbing the teenager in an alleyway off London Road in January 1993.

The Dartford Grammar School for Girls pupil was killed just four days after her 16th birthday and not far from her home in Woodward Terrace.

Her parents, Lin and Cliff Tiltman, have since died.

The Greenhithe alleyway where Claire Tiltman was stabbed

The Greenhithe alleyway where Claire Tiltman was stabbed

In November 2012, the Crown Prosecution Service received a file of evidence from the Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate as part of a cold case review.

Ash-Smith was charged earlier this year.

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