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Murder accused in court.

A 53-YEAR-OLD man was remanded in custody yesterday, charged with the murder of a schoolgirl who disappeared more than 30 years ago.

Ronald Castree is accused of murdering 11-year-old Lesley Molseed on Rishworth Moor, near Ripponden, West Yorkshire, between October 4 and October 9, 1975.

Castree, of Shaw, Oldham, appeared at Calderdale Magistrates' Court in Halifax, West Yorkshire.

Chair of the bench Steve Jenkinson ordered him to face Bradford Crown Court on November 14.

Lesley disappeared on October 5, 1975, after leaving her home in Delamere Road, Rochdale, Greater Manchester, to run an errand for her mother.

Three days later her body was discovered on open moorland above the A672 Oldham to Halifax Road in Ripponden. She had been stabbed 12 times.

During the brief hearing, the schoolgirl's mother, April Garrett, was comforted by friends and relatives in court.

Castree, who wore a blue open-necked shirt when he appeared in the dock alongside two security guards, spoke only to confirm his name, age, address and that he understood the charge.

Following a major investigation, 26-year-old Stefan Kiszko, a tax clerk from Rochdale, was convicted of Lesley's murder in 1976.

But Mr Kiszko was the subject of a miscarriage of justice. He spent 16 years in prison before finally being released following an appeal but died shortly afterwards.
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Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
Date:Nov 8, 2006
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