Dentist gets 21 years for double murder
A dentist who poisoned his wife and ex-lover's policeman husband and then covered it up as a double suicide was jailed for a minimum of 21 years today.
Colin Howell, 51, from Glebe Road, Castlerock, Co Derry, was told by Mr Justice Anthony Hart at Belfast Crown Court that he will not be a free man again until 2031.
Last month he was sentenced to life imprisonment after pleading guilty to the murders of his wife Lesley, 31, the mother of their four children, and Pc Trevor Buchanan, 32, husband of the woman with whom he had been having an affair at the time in May 1991.
Hazel Stewart, 47, a mother of two from Ballystrone Road, Coleraine, Co Derry, who later re-married, is due to stand trial next February for the two murders. She denies the two charges.