Murdered teen’s mother 'will never see justice'

PUBLISHED: 09:42 20 March 2008 | UPDATED: 14:30 25 August 2010

THE mother of a murdered schoolgirl has died without seeing justice for her daughter.

THE mother of a murdered schoolgirl has died without seeing justice for her daughter.

Linda Tiltman, mother of Claire - whose mutilated body was found in an alleyway in Greenhithe on January 18, 1993, died earlier this month.

After a battling with throat cancer for several months, Mrs Tiltman, formerly from Abbey Wood, died at Darent Valley Hospital, Dartford on March 7.

Husband Cliff, 58, said: "It might seem bizarre, but the way I look at it, she is with Claire now. It's what I hold onto, that she is with our daughter. Linda was such a caring person, a wonderful woman. We never argued, we didn't fight, we just took each day as it came.

"When she died it was dreadful, we both said our goodbyes like you do. I said to her that she'll be going on a journey, and wherever you go, have a safe trip and one day I'll meet you again.

"I still believe it to this day, the stress we were put through, that was why she got the illness.

"But even when we lost Claire, as a couple it made us stronger. It's weird how it happened. We got through it together somehow.

"I never know if I will find out who did it, she never got to find out, but I just hold on to the fact that she is with her now."

Her funeral will be held at 11am next Monday at Eltham Church.

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