Beast the killer tried to blame

12 November 2007
Halifax Evening Courier

The evidence against Castree was overwhelming - but he tried to point the finger at one of Britain's most wanted criminals. Paedophile Raymond Hewlett is being hunted in connection with a serious sex assault on an eight-year-old girl in Manchester in 1975. He is the subject of an international manhunt and thought to be living a nomadic life in Spain.

Hewlett, born in Blackpool in 1945, was discharged from the Scots Guards and settled in Todmorden at 17.

He spent years in prison for offences ranging from dishonesty to possession of guns but in 1972 committed the offence that would bring him to the attention of detectives investigating Lesley's murder.

He picked up a 12-year-old girl in his car, took her to the moors and held a rag, soaked with paint thinners, over her face. She woke up naked in the car.

He was sentenced to 18 months after admitting stupefying the girl for intercourse. After 12 months he was freed.

When officers investigating Lesley's murder visited Hewlett's home, his wife told them he had left the area just days after the body was discovered.

When police caught up with him, he gave an alibi for the day Lesley went missing. The alibi was never checked because by then police believed they had their man - the innocent Stefan Kiszko.  (Blogger note: alibi was he was with 15 year old girlfriend in a park.  She later said it had been a lie - they had planned to meet at 5 pm that day and Hewlett arrived over two hours late and asked her to give him an alibi because the police might be after him.)

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