The first murder to feature on Crimewatch was officially solved yesterday when a man pleaded guilty to abducting and killing a trainee hairdresser 26 years ago.
Paul Hutchinson (51), a married father-of-three, admitted strangling Colette Aram as she walked to her boyfriend's house in Keyworth, Nottinghamshire, and dumping her naked body in a field.
Thousands of people were interviewed during house-to-house inquiries, but it was only last year, on the 25th anniversary of Colette's death, that police announced that they had a full DNA profile. It led to a match on their database from a former offence and Hutchinson was arrested in April this year.
Hutchinson, a newspaper delivery man, of Stockgill Close, West Bridgford, Nottinghamshire, was due to go on trial next month, but changed his plea.
Greg Dickinson QC, for the prosecution, said Hutchinson raped Colette before he strangled her.
He said: “The abduction and murder was premeditated and sexually motivated. Colette was abducted by force and her screams were heard by local residents. She sustained a blow to the head. However that may have been caused it would not have been sufficient to render her unconscious, and she would have been alive and conscious when she was sexually assaulted in the car.
“The defendant then strangled Colette with his hands and abandoned her naked body in a field. Her body was arranged in an overtly sexual pose and he was later to write a letter to police in which he taunted them that he had never been detected.”
On the night of the attack Colette would have normally been picked up by her boyfriend, but his car was off the road.