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Hazel Stewart, Colin Howell, Murder And Sex On Laughing Gas

by | 3rd, March 2011

HAZEL Stewart, 48, is starting a life sentence for murdering her husband and the wife of dentist and lay preacher Colin Howell, her lover. At Coleraine Crown Court in Co Derry, she was found guilty of two murders.

In 1991, PC Trevor Buchanan, and Howell’s wife Lesley were killed. Twelve days earlier, Lesley Howell’s father died. Henry Clarke was the victim of a heart-attack. But the dead man’s relatives alleged that Colin Howell played a part in the death. The two deaths put Mr Howell in line for a £414,000 pay day.

Mr Clarke’s body was cremated. The Daily Telegraph reported that Howell pushed for it.

Says Lesley Howell’s brother, Dr Christopher Clarke:

“I don’t think my sister’s murder was a crime of passion. I think [Howell] may well have wanted to be with his new lover but I think this was logistically and financially motivated. My dad died very quickly while superficially healthy. I do wonder did Colin kill him – I will never actually know, I’m suspicious.”

As for the affair, well, one juicy bit from the trial is that dentist used laughing gas to knock out Stewart during sex. This would alleviate the Baptist former Sunday school teacher’s guilt.

Trevor McAuley, who dated Stewart five years after the deaths, told the court:

“He [Howell] would administer this drug to her and she would pass out and she would really know nothing about it until the morning when she woke.”

Lesley Howell discovered the affair, in which Stewart had had an abortion. Howell tried to kill herself. This, apparently, gave her husband an idea.

The plan was to make their death look like suicide.

So. On May 18, 1991 attached a hose to the car’s exhaust and gassed his wife as she slept on the sofa. When she screamed out, he pushed a duvet over her head.

Howell then dressed his dead wife’s body and drove over to Stewart’s home. Stewart had fed her husband a sleeping tablet.

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