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Ronald Castree


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October 1975


Lesley Molseed

Date of Birth:

18th October 1953

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Stefan Kisko, a Civil Servant from Rochdale, spent seventeen years in prison for the murder of  Lesley Molseed until scientific evidence showed he could not have committed the crime, evidence that was known to the police at the time but was suppressed and not disclosed to the defence. His conviction was overturned in 1992: He died a year later.


Lesley, aged 11, vanished from her Rochdale home in October 1975. Her body was later found on moors in West Yorkshire.


5th November 2006, Police announced that a 53 year old man had been arrested in connection with the murder of Lesley Molseed that had taken place in 1975.

DNA evidence was alleged to have shown a "direct hit" with a sample found at the scene of the murder.


7th November 2006 Ronald Castree from Greater Manchester, was charged with the murder of Lesley Molseed and made his first court appearance where he was remanded in custody.


19th April 2007 At an initial court hearing, Castree pleaded not guilty to a charge of murder.

22nd October 2007 Castree's trial began at Bradford Crown Court.


12th November 2007 Castree was convicted for the murder of Lesley Molseed,  with a recommendation to serve a minimum of 30 years, this will keep him in prison until the age of 84.


During the trial a scientist has told a jury how DNA taken from the underwear of murdered schoolgirl Lesley Molseed were linked to the man accused of her murder.

The DNA sample had been taken in October 2005 when he was arrested but not charged in connection with another sex attack.