Howell gives evidence

Hazel Stewart on day 5 of her murder trial.PICTURE MARK JAMIESON
Hazel Stewart on day 5 of her murder trial.PICTURE MARK JAMIESON

This is the fifth day of the trial of the Coleraine woman, who faces two murder charges.

This is the fifth day of the trial of the Coleraine woman, who faces two murder charges.

Howell told the jury at Coleraine court that he’d gone to police two years ago and confessed to the double murder because his conscience was troubling him.

The former dentist has already been jailed for life for the murders, but on Monday he was a witness for the prosecution.

Howell entered the court room by passing through the dock where Hazel Stewart sat.

The pair made no eye contact and remained silent as Howell passed just a few feet away.

Dressed in a pale grey suit, white shirt and dark striped tie Howell described how his affair with Mrs Stewart began with swimming lessons and guitar lessons before quickly developing into a full sexual relationship.

Howell is expected to be in the witness box for at least two days.

For full report, see Tuesday’s Coleraine Times