Sunday 18 March 2018

Ex-wife of killer dentist to avoid prosecution

Castlerock Dentist Colin Howell
Castlerock Dentist Colin Howell

Deric Henderson

The ex-wife of dentist Colin Howell who told police she kept his double murder secret for over a decade is not to be prosecuted.

Kyle Jorgensen (47), an American, was told by her husband how he gassed his first wife Lesley and his then lover's policeman husband before persuading her not to inform the authorities for the sake of their children's future.

She has been under police investigation since Howell's arrest in January 2009.

He first admitted the 1991 murders to her at the couple's home outside Castlerock, Co Derry, in the summer of 1998. He was on the verge of handing himself over to the police, but they eventually agreed to stay quiet.

Ms Jorgensen eventually forced him to confess everything to detectives after Howell was swindled out of all his money, including the family's life savings.

The Public Prosecution Service in Belfast confirmed she would be facing no charges, citing "insufficient evidence to provide a reasonable prospect of conviction".

She returned to Florida with their five children and filed for divorce when Howell (left) was jailed for 21 years for murdering Lesley and Constable Trevor Buchanan in May 1991 when he staged-managed the deaths to make it look like a suicide pact.

Hazel Stewart (51), his lover at the time, was jailed for a minimum 18 years for her part in the deaths and the role in covering them up. She has already failed in a High Court bid to appeal against her conviction for the murder of Mrs Howell, but is planning a fresh legal move in an attempt to clear her name.

Irish Independent

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