Sunday, 14 December 2014

Labour Councillor Shields Serial Killer - Excuse me who is a "danger to the public"? Colin Ash-Smith or Marine Blackman?

When I wrote to my Labour MP Andrew Smith asking him to vote for clemency for Marine Alexander Blackman, he replied that Blackman's crime was an "appalling" one and that nobody could say he was not a "danger to the public."

Funny. Compare that to this case of a Labour councillor who sheltered a serial killer for twenty years...because he was her own son. She lied for him, gave him a false alibi and disposed of a knife before the police could come and search their home.

Mother: Diane Ash-Smith (pictured in October) gave her son Colin, 46, an alibi for the murder of 16-year-old Claire Tiltman in 1993, claiming he had been driving her home after dropping off leaflets

Thanks to Diane Ash-Smith, who later became Labour Mayor of  Dartford in Kent, Colin escaped justice for twenty years after ruthlessly killing schoolgirl Claire Tiltman in 1993.
And his diary records how he planned, stalked and possibly carried out the killings of numerous other women.
Both Diane and her husband were Labour councillors for many years.
Claire Tiltman murderer Colin Ash-Smith sentenced to life
Colin Ash-Smith

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Claire was stabbed repeatedly in an alleyway in Greenhithe while on the way to visit a friend.
Colin Ash-Smith, 46, was already serving three life sentences for previous attacks on two women.
Ash-Smith was told he would spend a minimum of 21 years behind bars by the judge at the Inner London Crown Court where he was found guilty on Thursday.
Judge Mr Justice Sweeney said: "I have no doubt that this was a premeditated murder that you carried out because of the feeling of power that it gave you.

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This was a killing for the sake of killing, carried out by a ruthless and predatory armed killer”
Brian AltmanProsecution QC
"In so doing, you not only ended Claire's young life which was so full of promise, but you also caused unbearable grief and upset to her family and friends."
Ash-Smith was not in court for his sentencing.
About a dozen of Claire's school friends were in the gallery to hear the sentencing.
The judge praised Kent Police for bringing Claire's killer to trial.
"I would also like to commend the members of Claire's family and her friends who have attended this trial for the dignified way in which they have conducted themselves," the judge said.
"And I express my sorrow for the burden they have had to carry for many years at Claire's untimely loss."
Claire's parents, Linda and Cliff, died before her killer could be brought to justice, but they had been convinced Ash-Smith had murdered their daughter.
'Warped pleasure'
The Dartford Grammar School for Girls pupil was known as "Tilt" to her friends. She had just finished her mock GCSEs and wanted to go on to be a firefighter.
Ash-Smith was first questioned in 1995 as a suspect in Claire's murder but was only charged earlier this year, on the same day he was due to be considered for release by the parole board while serving his sentences for the two other attacks.
During the trial Brian Altman QC, prosecuting, said the former milkman got a "warped pleasure" from the "savage" attack on Claire.
"This was a killing for the sake of killing, carried out by a ruthless and predatory armed killer, who attacked his chosen victim rapidly and stealthily, allowing her no time for defence or escape," he said.

Councillor used her job to help murderer son cheat justice for 20 years: Mother of man jailed for killing teenager Claire Tiltman in 1993 pumped police for information about inquiry and provided son with false alibi 

  • Colin Ash-Smith, 46, finally convicted of murdering Claire Tiltman in 1993
  • Judge jails him for life with a minimum term of 21 years behind bars
  •  Ex-milkman went to her funeral in clothes he wore when he stabbed her
  • Ash-Smith described in court as his mother Diane's 'golden boy'
  • Mrs Ash-Smith claimed son was driving her home at time of Claire's death
  • She then used council post to obtain information about murder inquiry  
  • Police would not comment on whether she will now face charges
Claire was on her way to a friend’s house in Kent four days after her 16th birthday when Ash-Smith, then 24, pounced. He stabbed her nine times and left her to die in an alleyway
Guilty: Yesterday former milkman Colin Ash-Smith, 46, (left) was finally convicted of murdering 16-year-old Claire Tiltman (right) in 1993. Claire was on her way to a friend's house in Kent birthday when Ash-Smith, then 24, pounced, stabbing her nine times and leaving her to die in an alleyway
Brazen: Ash-Smith is pictured attending Claire's funeral, wearing the same jacket he had on when he stabbed the schoolgirl in an alleyway in Greenhithe, Kent
Motor: Colin Ash-Smith drove this car while on regular night patrols looking for his victims

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