Murderer’s son has turned life around

Rossendale Free Press
August 28, 2009

A Rawtenstall man who has turned his life around after his father was convicted of murder, is helping others come to terms with their own tragic experiences. Nick Castree’s father Ronald, of Shaw, Oldham, is serving life for killing schoolgirl Lesley Molseed in October 1975.

Nick, 30, works for the Supported Housing Scheme in Haslingden and joined clients and staff on a two-mile walk in aid of a new improved garden for the home on Monday. The 30-year-old said: "Six people went on the walk and they all seemed to enjoy it because they know their participation is delivering much- needed funding for the garden. "It also gave people, some of who suffer from depression and anxiety, the opportunity to connect with the community which was a major thing for many of them."

Nick made headlines in the Free Press last year when he welcomed a decision by Court of Appeal judges to refuse his father leave to appeal against a 30 year jail sentence for murder.

Rochdale tax clerk Stefan Kiszko was wrongly convicted and served 16 years before medical evidence proved he could not have killed the 11-year-old. He walked free in February 1992 after his conviction was quashed by the Appeal Court, but he died the following year from a heart attack.

Motivational speaker Nick, who has his own history of mental health problems, says his experiences have taught him how to relate to clients at the Supported Housing Scheme. He said: "I am a normal working class guy who has been through some tragic stuff and have come out on the other side and can relate to those who are going through things themselves. A lot of people suffer in silence when they don’t need to but there are people who can help them."

For more information on the Making Space Housing Scheme contact Nick on 07738 148296 or send him an email at

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