Wednesday 26 October 2016

Double killer dentist Colin Howell rushed to hospital after hunger strike collapse 'over pension'

Published 25/05/2016 | 08:47

Castlerock Dentist Colin Howell
Castlerock Dentist Colin Howell
Genevieve O’Reilly and James Nesbitt in The Secret

Killer dentist Colin Howell was reportedly rushed from prison to hospital yesterday suffering from dehydration and stomach problems.

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It is believed he had gone on hunger strike in protest at being stripped of a pension worth more than €770,000.

Genevieve O’Reilly and James Nesbitt in The Secret
Genevieve O’Reilly and James Nesbitt in The Secret

The double murderer was taken to hospital in an ambulance after collapsing.

He fell ill at around lunchtime at the maximum-security Maghaberry Prison near Lisburn.

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Howell, along with his then lover Hazel Stewart, murdered his wife Lesley and Stewart's husband Trevor Buchanan by gassing them and then making it look like a suicide pact.

The 1991 murders were recently portrayed in the controversial ITV drama series The Secret, which upset the families of the victims and led to questions being asked in Parliament.

Howell was recently told he would not receive his £587,526.27 (€770k) National Health Service pension because of sex assaults he carried out on at least five female dental patients after drugging them at his surgery.

He has up until now been described as a model prisoner, but it is thought he may have been counting on the money to live a comfortable life once he is freed in 2030 after serving his 21-year sentence.

The loss of the nest egg coupled with the screening of the drama may have pushed him over the edge and led to the hunger strike.

The Department of Health and Social Services decided to pull the murderer's pension because of fears it would lead to a widespread loss of public confidence in the department.

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Howell's former wife Kyle Jorgensen, who fled to her native America with their five children after his crimes became public knowledge, is also alleged to have been chasing the money.

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