RELATIVES of schoolgirl Lesley Molseed, murdered 22 years ago, are distributing posters in Bacup and Todmorden in a final bid to bring her killer to justice.

The family hopes the posters will jog people's memories and provide vital clues about Lesley's brutal killing in Rochdale in 1975.

Tax clerk Stefan Kiszko spent 16 years in jail after being wrongly convicted for the murder of the 11-year-old.

Now a former East Lancashire man has been named as prime suspect in a newly-published book.

Relatives are hoping that circulating the leaflets containing his photograph in the towns in which he lived around the time of the sexually-motivated killing will help bring him to trial.

The convicted paedophile, who lived in Todmorden at the time of the murder, moved to Bacup after being questioned by police investigators, according to the new book.

The alibi he gave Burnley Police was never checked and further interviews were dropped following the arrest of Rochdale man Stefan Kiszko, who was charged with murder. Innocent Kiszko served 16 years before scientific evidence proved he could not have been the killer.

He died within months of his release.

Kiszko had been defended at his trial by former Nelson and Colne and later Ribble Valley MP David Waddington QC, who later went on to become Home Secretary in Margaret Thatcher's last Government.

Now a new book, "Innocents" by Jonathan Rose, to be published next week, investigates the case in detail and names the 52-year-old man now living under a false name in Ireland.

The book says he admitted the murder to a fellow inmate in prison. He also refused to say why he lied to police when he persuaded his 15-year-old lover to provide an alibi - which she later retracted, the book claims.

Detectives investigating the murder of the Rochdale schoolgirl, who had been sexually assaulted, stabbed 12 times and dumped on moorland, interviewed the man while he was being held at Burnley police station for theft.

There he gave the false alibi which was never checked, according to the author.

Five years ago, shortly after Kiszko had been exonerated, the man was arrested by West Yorkshire Police as he was released after serving a jail sentence at Armley Prison, Leeds, and further questioned over Lesley's killing.

No charges were brought.

The book concludes the prime suspect will never be brought to justice because of the lack of forensic evidence.

Samples from the girl's body were put on slides in 1975 but they have disappeared.

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