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MOLSEED MURDER RAP MAN IN COURT; Victim's family watch.

Byline: By John McEachran

A MAN of 53 has been charged with stabbing a schoolgirl to death more than 30 years ago.

Ronald Castree is accused of murdering 11-year-old Lesley Molseed in 1975.

The youngster disappeared after leaving home to run an errand for her mum.

Three days later, her body was discovered on moorland. She had been stabbed 12 times.

A tax clerk was convicted of her killing but was the victim of a miscarriage of justice.

Officers swooped on Castree's home in Oldham, near Manchester, on Sunday morning.

Yesterday Castree appeared at Calderdale Magistrates' Court in Halifax, Yorkshire.

Lesley's grieving parents watched as he was charged with murdering their daughter.

April Garrett, 69, and Frederick Anderson, 75, were joined by Lesley's sisters, Julie Anderson, 47, and Laura Huish, 45.

The family have spent more than three decades in despair and they shed tears as details of the case were outlined.

Castree spoke only to confirm his name, age, address and that he understood the charge.

The dad-of-three is accused of murdering Lesley in October, 1975, on Rishworth Moor, above the A672 in West Yorkshire.

Lesley went missing from her home in Rochdale, near Manchester, on October 5.

Stefan Kiszko, then aged 26, from Rochdale, was convicted of her murder.

He spent 16 years in jail before being freed on appeal. He died from heart failure a year later.

The investigation was reopened and featured on Crimewatch in 2003. West Yorkshire Police vowed to keep the probe open until Lesley's killer was found.

Yesterday, a judge remanded Castree in custody to appear before Bradford Crown Court next Tuesday.

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MYSTERY: Lesley Molseed, 11, disappeared in October 1975' INNOCENT: Stefan Kiszko
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