BREAKING NEWS: Ex-soldier, 58, who raped and killed a schoolgirl, 15, more than 40 years ago and let another man take the blame is jailed for 12 years

Mail Online | 1/7/1976 | Mark Duell for MailOnline;Liz Hull for the Daily Mail
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A former soldier who thought he had got away with killing a schoolgirl 40 years ago was today jailed for 12 years.

Stephen Hough raped and strangled 15-year-old Janet Commins when he was aged just 16 in Flint, North Wales, in 1976.

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Hough, who is now 58, stood by as police arrested and prosecuted another man - who was jailed for 12 years for her manslaughter.

Hough disappeared to Germany, but returned 15 years later and carried on with his life – living for years close to Janet's grieving parents in Flint.

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Only after Hough's DNA was entered into the police national computer last year – was he finally caught.

It matched **** samples taken from the body of Janet that had been stored away for four decades and enhanced following a cold case review in 2006.

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Mold Crown Court heard the odds of the DNA being from anyone other than Hough, who was kicked out of the Army after being jailed for five years for grievous body harm in the 1980s, was a billion-to-one.

Hough denied any involvement in the crime, but last Thursday a jury found him guilty of Janet's rape, serious sexual assault and manslaughter after just over five hours of deliberations. He was cleared of the alternative charge of murder.

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Today, Mr Justice Clive Lewis told him: 'You have shown no remorse whatsoever for what you did to that young girl. You must have thought you had avoided responsibility for your crimes.

'This offence involved a particularly vulnerable victim, a 15-year-old girl, forcibly raped and buggered. You held her face down, she was unable to breathe and she died.'

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Hough made no reaction as he was jailed, watched from the gallery by Janet's remaining relatives.

Her mother, Eileen Commins, 75, a retired nurse, whose husband, Ted, died three years ago, is thought to be in poor...
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