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Arlene Arkinson’s family left justified by verdict

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Arlene Arkinson. Credit: Alan Lewis

Arlene Arkinson. Credit: Alan Lewis

Arlene Arkinson. Credit: Alan Lewis

Almost exactly 27 years after Castlederg teenager Arlene Arkinson disappeared, a court has ruled that she was killed by convicted child rapist Robert Howard. The verdict delivered by coroner Brian Sherrard will vindicate her family’s fight to uncover the truth about her disappearance but it will only be partial closure.

Arlene’s body has never been found and there is no evidence of how she died. Those missing links will continue to nag at the family who have endured more than two decades of grief and finger-pointing since their 15-year-old sibling was seen in Howard’s car after a night out in Bundoran.


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