Claire Tiltman, or Tilt as most of her friends knew her, was brutally murdered just 4 days after her 16th Birthday. She was stabbed to death in Greenhithe, Kent as she walked to a friends house to discuss her future on that horrific day.
Tilt had her whole life ahead of her and was working hard for her GCSE’s so that she could fulfil her dream of becoming a firefighter. There’s no doubt she would have succeeded too. Claire had just finished her bronze Duke of Edinburgh course at a local fire station and she absolutely loved every minute of it.
Tilts’ mum, Linda and dad, Cliff never gave up hope that their only Daughters murderer would one day face justice for her death. The Tiltman’s were a very popular couple in the area and were, obviously, completely devastated by Claire’s Death. Sadly, Linda died from cancer in 2008 and in 2012 Cliff passed away never seeing their daughters killer punished.
A group of Claire’s friends came together to continue on Linda and Cliffs hope of justice. They aimed to keep Claire Tiltmans name in the public eye. The hope was that one person, who could break the case, would come forward and finally allow Claire and her family to rest in peace, getting the Justice they all so deserved.
January 18th 2013 marked 20 years since Tilts murder and a candlelit vigil with church service was held to remember an amazing girl who was so cruelly taken away. Whether people knew Claire and family or not they came along with over 250 people attending in the biting cold. In 2014, a charity event was held in Claire’s honour and raised just over £3500, with over 120 people attending.
On the 11th of December 2014, Colin Ash Smith, after years of denial, was finally found guilty of Claire’s murder and sentenced to life in prison with a minimum term of 21 years.
Finally, there is Justice for Claire.