Man jailed for rape and killing over four decades ago


A 58-year-old man has been convicted of killing a teenage girl in North Wales over 40 years ago, following advances in DNA evidence.

Stephen Hough had denied killing 15-year-old Janet Commins, whose body was found in bushes near Gwynedd School playing fields in Flint in January 1976.

However, Hough was convicted of manslaughter, rape and buggery, by a jury at Mold Crown Court.

The court heard how Hough was apprehended following DNA evidence being examined which linked him to the victim. At the time of the offence, the samples recovered were only able to undergo what now would be considered to be basic tests.

Iwan Jenkins of the Crown Prosecution Service said: "The huge advancements in forensic testing since the 1970's were the key factor in being able to bring this case to court.

"With the modern investigation techniques available, North Wales Police were able to revisit the case and consult the CPS at an early stage.

"This new forensic evidence put forward by the prosecution played a crucial role in demonstrating Hough's guilt to the jury.

"Our thoughts have been with Janetís family throughout the investigation and trial.  They now have the assurance of knowing that Janets killer has finally been brought to justice.