A diminutive redhead, June Roberts, 23, of Wrexham, weighed in at just over six stone. She liked pubs and sing-songs and was a popular figure in the town.

She had been out drinking on the night of Friday, AUGUST 3rd, 1962, and was last seen, according to friends, in the company of Private Terence Hughes, a soldier of the 1st Battalion Royal Welch Fusiliers, who was home on leave and staying with his parents in Queen’s Park, Wrexham.

Next day June’s body was found at the rear of a bakery in Whitegate Road, Happy Valley. Hughes was quickly arrested at a pub in Gwespyr. He told the police that after they began to kiss, “I went sort of mad and began hitting her. I dragged her around the corner to where there were two vans and left her there.”

He offered no defence. At Denbigh Assizes, Ruthin, in October 1962, he pleaded guilty and after proceedings lasting only two minutes he was jailed for life. He was released after 13 years.