Second inquest for Castlerock murder victims

Colin Howell and Hazel Stewart
Colin Howell and Hazel Stewart

A preliminary hearing has been held at the Coroner’s Court in Belfast, today (Wednesday), to arrange an inquest into the deaths of Lesley Howell and Trevor Buchanan.

They were found dead in a car in Castlerock in May 1991.

Their former spouses, Colin Howell and Hazel Stewart, were later found guilty of their murders.

Coroner John Leckey said the inquest will be held in Belfast before the end of June.

During proceedings on Wednesday morning, Trevor Buchanan’s brother Gordon and Colin Howell’s daughter, Lauren Bradford told the court they wanted the record to be set straight.

The hearing was instigated after Gordon Buchanan wrote to the coroner in April and following correspondence from the attorney general stating that “there should be formal recognition that two persons were murdered and did not take their own lives”.