*Events up to and including the trial will be posted here.
2010 - November 22 - Trevor Buchanan - Leslie Clark Howell - Dr. Colin Howell & Hazel
Stewart are due to stand trial for the murders of their former spouses.
THE CASE BEGINNINGS
Two couples in Ireland, Colin and Leslie Howell, Officer Trevor & Hazel Buchanan
are living their lives, seemingly without connection to each other. Both couples
1991 - Leslie Clarke Howell is married to Dr. Colin Howell, and has worked with him
at his dentistry practice in Ballymoney.
1991 - May - Castlerock, County Derry - Leslie Clarke Howell's father, Henry Clarke,
dies, reportedly of a heart attack or seizure.
(2009 - Detectives review Henry Clarke's death. In the end, police said they will
not be taking further action.)
1991 - May - Castlerock, County Derry - 12 days later -
Henry Clarke (deceased) owned a holiday home. Inside the garage
at the rear, a vehicle is running and exhaust fumes fill the air.
Policemen at the scene find a pipe from a vacuum cleaner has been
attached to the exhaust, passing under the tailgate and into the car
via an open window.
Leslie Clarke Howell is lying on the back seat of the vehicle,
photos of her 4 childrenn in her hands, walkman earphones on her head.
Trevor Buchanan (32), RUC Scenes of Crimes Officer is lying on the front
seat of the car, photos of his children within his hands.
Family, friends and police are shocked at the apparent suicides.
An inquest is held. Verdicts of suicide are rendered.
The "grieving spouses" Colin Howell and Hazel Buchanan are reported
to have been lovers at the time of the deaths of their spouses.
Officer Trevor Buchanan and Leslie Clarke Howell are thought to have formed
an apparent "suicide pact" after finding out their spouses, Colin Howell & Hazel
Buchanan were having an affair.
DOUBLE MURDER CASE
2009 - Colin Howell (50) and Hazel (Buchanan) Stewart (46) are charged with
double murder of Lesely Howell and Constable Trevor Buchanan.
BAIL - Hazel Stewart is allowed bail of £15,000 despite fears of the police
that she might commit suicide. David Stewart, husband of Hazel is
a retired Superintendent of police. She is released into his custody.
Colin Howell is held without bail.
INDECENT ASSAULT CHARGES
2010 - July 5 - Colin Howell charged with 17 counts of indecent assault
against 6 women over a 10 year period, 1998 - 2008.
ARRAIGNMENT ON ASSAULT CHARGES
2010 - September 28 - Court hearing - Arraignment date set
October 4, 2010 is set for arraignment
"Six of the charges relate to one woman, while four involve a second victim.
The remaining seven charges relate to four other women, and offences were
allegedly committed at his dental implant surgery in Ballymoney."
Judge David Smyth, QC, had already ruled that none of the sexual assault
victims could be named
2010 - October 4 - Judge David Smyth, QC presiding.
Colin Howell admits assault on 3 patients on various dates between July & December
2008. Howel denies 14 other charges of indecent assault against the same 3 women
and 3 others.
DOUBLE MURDER TRIAL
After numerous delayinig tactics by the defense, Judge Smyth, QC informs both
sides that the trial will begin as scheduled on November 22, 2010.
2010 - November 22 - Monday - Trevor Buchanan - Leslie Clark Howell
Dr. Colin Howell & Hazel Stewart are due to stand trial
for the murders of their former spouses, disguised as
a suicide pact.