Belfast Telegraph

Monday 22 September 2014

Murder charge dentist will not be quizzed over woman’s death

Police will not question double murder accused dentist Colin Howell about the death of a woman in a caravan in Castlerock last November, it has emerged.

Howell (50) is charged with murdering his wife Lesley and RUC officer Trevor Buchanan. In March, police confirmed that the death of Alexandra Hickman-Smith (27) — who lived at the same caravan site as Howell for a time during 2008 — was also being re-examined.

Yesterday however, police said officers would not be seeking to interview Howell in connection with her death.

In an interview with the Sunday Life newspaper Ms Hickman-Smith's father, Norman McGookin, said the family was relieved there was no foul play suspected in her death.

“We're all heartbroken, and now hopefully we can get on with our lives,” he said.

Howell is currently on remand in Maghaberry prison charged with the murders of his wife and Mr Buchanan, whose bodies were found in a fume-filled car in Castlerock in May 1991. At the time a coroner's court ruled that both had committed suicide.

Mr Buchanan's former wife Hazel Stewart, who had been having an affair with Howell at the time, is also charged with the murders.

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