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Hazel Stewart
Hazel Stewart
2 March 2011 Last updated at 10:13 ET

A jury has found mother-of-two Hazel Stewart guilty of the double murder of her husband and her former lover’s wife.

Stewart, from Coleraine, is to serve a life sentence for the murders of Trevor Buchanan and Lesley Howell in May 1991.

Her ex-lover, former dentist Colin Howell, is serving 21 years after he pleaded guilty to the killings.

The jury at Coleraine Crown Court found Stewart guilty after a 15-day trial. She was given a life sentence.

Stewart will return to court next Friday when she will learn the minimum jail term she must serve.

It took the jury two-and-a-half hours to reach their decision of guilty.

After the jury foreman delivered the verdict Lisa, Stewart’s daughter wept uncontrollably, and said “It’s not fair.”

The bodies of Lesley Howell and Trevor Buchanan were discovered in a fume-filled car outside a house in Castlerock in May 1991.

At the time their deaths were seen as a double suicide prompted by the revelation that their spouses were having an affair.

The investigation was reopened when Colin Howell confessed to the murders in January 2009.

He was sentenced in November 2010 then gave evidence for the prosecution during Hazel Stewart’s trial.

During the trial the court heard that Stewart played a part in the planning of the killings.

She also disposed of evidence including the hose pipe used to gas their spouses.

Stewart claimed she was “soft, weak vulnerable, and easy prey” painting her former lover as “obsessed, calculating, controlling and very manipulative”.

She said the reason she didn’t help her husband was because she was terrified Howell would kill her and her children.

from:  http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-12618874

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Hazel Stewart, 47, faced charges of murdering her former husband – father of her children – and her ex-lover’s wife, but she always has had family behind her.

In court appearances, where she has wept in the dock or sat frozen faced, her second husband, retired police superintendent David Stewart has been there.

Her son and daughter – children of the man she murdered – were in the gallery.

Going to court and coming from court, they are there. They hold umbrellas protectively over their mother – they stay close as they can to her side.

Despite the seriousness of the charges she faced, she was granted bail amid fears that she might take her own life, given the chance.

Her second husband took the witness box to say that he and her children would care for her.

In December, when Hazel Stewart’s trial could not proceed because her former lover, dentist Trevor Howell, a 51-year-old dentist from Glebe Road in Castlerock, sent over 40 pages of testimony from his prison cell about the two murders, her sister was close to comfort her.

The story of Hazel Stewart, from Ballystrone Road, Coleraine, reads like a crime thriller – it doesn’t seem real.

But it didn’t start that way. She was a farmer’s daughter. Eighteen-year-old Hazel Elkin married RUC officer Trevor Buchanan who was 22, at Omagh Baptist Church on 11 July 1981.

‘Absolutely gutted’Two children quickly followed and they moved to Coleraine in 1986 and settled in Charnwood Park.

The Buchanans went to the local Baptist church – so far, so normal.

But it was at a church playgroup that Hazel Stewart’s world would spin on its axis after meeting dentist Colin Howell.

It was during swimming lessons organised by the church that they became attracted to one another.

That attraction became an obsession. Hazel became pregnant then, unsure if the child was that of her husband or her lover, had an abortion.

The couple would meet in secret at Castleroe Forest but they were soon spotted by a member of the church.

Both confessed to their pastor and their spouses. Colin Howell’s wife Lesley, who had just had her fourth child, took an overdose.

Hazel’s husband Trevor said he was “absolutely gutted” but both wanted their marriages to work.

And for four months, the couples received counselling and stuck to strict guidelines laid out by the church.

But the affair resumed.

The bodies of Leslie Howell and Trevor Buchanan were found in a fume-filled car at Castlerock
The bodies of Leslie Howell and Trevor Buchanan were found in a fume-filled car at Castlerock

And on the morning of 19 May, 1991, the bodies of Trevor Buchanan and Lesley Howell were found in a fume-filled car at the back of a row of cottages in Castlerock.

The grim scene was discovered by two members of their church. Trevor, was found in the front of the car while Lesley was in the boot, family photographs scattered around her body.

At the time, police thought it was a tragic double suicide. An inquest found the pair had died as a result of carbon monoxide poisoning.

But not everyone was convinced it was suicide. David Green, a church member who was also a policeman, was one of those who found the bodies.

Twenty years later he told the trial: “I had great suspicions after discovering the bodies. I was very unhappy… I believed something had happened that was not good.”

Then, in 2009, the crime that had remained a secret for 20 years was revealed when Howell confessed to the murders.

It is only now that Hazel Stewart’s trial is over that we really know the part she played in the meticulous planning of the killings.

During the course of the trial we learned how the lovers met a number of times to discuss the plan.

Howell gassed his wife as she slept on the sofa at their home in Knocklayde Park. He put her body in their car and drove to his lover’s home.

She opened the garage door and made sure her husband was sleeping in the bedroom. She organised clothes to dress the body then watched as Howell carried her husband to the car, placing him beside Lesley.

VulnerableShe took the pipe used to gas their spouses and burned it, cleaned up the bedroom and opened the windows.

Finally, she waited for a phone call from her lover to find out what she should say to the police.

During her trial Stewart denied she had given her husband a tuna sandwich laced with drugs and denied being part of a plot.

She claimed she was “soft, weak vulnerable, and easy prey” painting her former lover as “obsessed, calculating, controlling and very manipulative.”

She said the reason she didn’t help her husband was because she was terrified Howell would kill her and her children.

However, she resumed her relationship with Colin Howell weeks after the killings at first in secret, having sex in his dental practice in Ballymoney – with Hazel taking gas and air.

The court also heard Howell had once given her drugs at her home. This, the jury heard, was to help ease the couple’s guilt…

But after five years the couple who killed to be together, parted. Howell met and married an American divorcee, and they went on to have five children together.

After a seven-year relationship with another man, in 2005 Hazel married her second husband David Stewart, a former police chief superintendent

But before they could celebrate their fourth wedding anniversary, Hazel was arrested – charged with the murder of her first husband and her former lover’s wife.

from:  http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-12383602

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using the number/letter grid:

1      2      3       4       5       6      7      8      9
A      B     C       D       E       F      G      H      I
J      K      L      M      N       O      P      Q      R 
S      T      U      V      W      X      Y      Z
 

Where:

A = 1              J = 1              S = 1

B = 2              K = 2             T = 2

C = 3              L = 3             U = 3

D = 4              M = 4            V = 4

E = 5              N = 5            W = 5

F = 6              O = 6             X = 6

G = 7              P = 7             Y = 7

H = 8              Q = 8             Z = 8

I = 9               R = 9

Hazel Stewart

8       1

 

her primary challenge = HS = 81 = Revisting.  Reexamining.  Reviving.

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Dark secret: Colin Howell is said to have told church elders how he murdered Trevor Buchanan and his wife, Lesley Howell

A killer dentist would inject his lover with drugs to knock her out while they had sex, a double murder trial heard yesterday.

Colin Howell and Hazel Stewart were both cheating on their spouses and the mother of two wanted to be unconscious so she would not experience any Christian guilt, the court was told.

Howell once feared he had overdone the dose and that she wouldn’t come round, it was claimed.

Stewart, 47, denies murdering her husband Trevor Buchanan, 32, and Howell’s 31-year-old wife Lesley, whose bodies were found in a fume-filled car in 1991.

Howell was jailed last year for at least 21 years after admitting poisoning them both and making it look like a suicide pact.

Trevor McAuley, who started seeing Stewart five years after the deaths and as her relationship with Howell was ending, said she had told him that when she was involved with the dentist he would come to her house with drugs in a ‘floppy needle’.

‘He 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,’ Mr McAuley said.

Charged: Hazel Stewart arrives at Coleraine court with her daughter Lisa and son Andrew for her trial into the murder of former husband Trevor BuchananCharged: Hazel Stewart arrives at Coleraine court with her daughter Lisa and son Andrew for her trial into the murder of former husband Trevor Buchanan

Murdered: Lesley Howell and Trevor Buchanan were killed in 1991 and Colin Howell made it look as though their death was a suicide pact

‘On one occasion he almost overdid it and gave her too much and he was actually concerned if he was going to get her to come round.’

Asked by Neil Connor, prosecuting, why Howell gave her the sedatives, Mr McAuley replied: ‘So he could enjoy sexual gratification with her without her feeling guilt.’ Under cross examination, he indicated the guilt Stewart claimed to have experienced was in relation to her Christianity.

Court date: Stewart arrives at Coleraine Court on Monday with her husband David (far left) and her son Andrew (right)Court date: Stewart arrives at Coleraine Court on Monday with her husband David (far left) and her son Andrew (right)

 

Mourning: Relatives of murdered PC Trevor Buchanan leave court after Howell was sent downMourning: Relatives of murdered PC Trevor Buchanan leave court after Howell was sent down
Wife: Kyle Howell with killer husband Colin Howell and their child Finn Howell. Kyle Howell knew 18 months after her marriage to Colin Howell that he murdered Lesley Howell and Trevor Buchannon
Wife: Kyle Howell with killer husband Colin Howell and their child Finn Howell. Kyle Howell knew 18 months after her marriage to Colin Howell that he murdered Lesley Howell and Trevor Buchannon

Stewart, who admitted to police she was aware of the murder plan, listened as Mr McAuley told the jury she had once asked if he thought her late husband was in heaven, even though he had apparently committed suicide.

‘I answered her that I wasn’t a judge to decide that someone went to heaven or not. All I knew was that the Bible said no one had the right to take a life other than God.

‘Hazel’s answer to that was she believed Trevor was in heaven.’

Mr McAuley also told the court that Stewart, who he said had ‘expensive tastes’ and was ‘difficult to keep’, had warned him to steer clear of Howell because he had no idea ‘what he is capable of’.

His relationship with Stewart ended in July 2004 and he later heard she was engaged to David Stewart, now her husband.

The bodies of Mr Buchanan and Mrs Howell were found in Castlerock, County Londonderry.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1355702/Killer-dentist-Colin-Howell-drugged-Hazel-Stewart-sex-Christian-guilt.html#ixzz1FSZOnJpa

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Colin Howell was born on March 14th, 1959 according to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Colin_Howell

March 14th, 1959

3 + 14 +1+9+5+9 = 41 = his life lesson = what he is her to learn = Infidelity.  Love triangles.

March 14th, 1959

14 +1+9+5+9 = 38 = his “secret” number = Wife.  Perverse.

using the number/letter grid:
1      2      3       4       5       6      7      8      9
A      B     C       D       E       F      G      H      I
J      K      L      M      N       O      P      Q      R 
S      T      U      V      W      X      Y      Z
 

Where:

A = 1              J = 1              S = 1

B = 2              K = 2             T = 2

C = 3              L = 3             U = 3

D = 4              M = 4            V = 4

E = 5              N = 5            W = 5

F = 6              O = 6             X = 6

G = 7              P = 7             Y = 7

H = 8              Q = 8             Z = 8

I = 9               R = 9

Colin Howell

3       8

 

his primary challenge = 38 = Wife.  Perverse.

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using the number/letter grid:
1      2      3       4       5       6      7      8      9
A      B     C       D       E       F      G      H      I
J      K      L      M      N       O      P      Q      R 
S      T      U      V      W      X      Y      Z
 

Where:

A = 1              J = 1              S = 1

B = 2              K = 2             T = 2

C = 3              L = 3             U = 3

D = 4              M = 4            V = 4

E = 5              N = 5            W = 5

F = 6              O = 6             X = 6

G = 7              P = 7             Y = 7

H = 8              Q = 8             Z = 8

I = 9               R = 9

Leslie Howell

3        8

 

her primary challenge = LH = 38 = A good wife and mother.

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