Thursday, 17 March 2011

Hazel Stewart

Former Sunday school teacher, Hazel Stewart, was jailed this week for 18 years for murdering her policeman husband and her ex-lover's wife and then covering it up as a suicide nearly 20 years ago.

She nearly got away with it too, but her lover, dentist Colin Howell, suddenly confessed following a series of calamities including the death of his eldest son, Matthew, which convinced him he was cursed. He implicated his former lover in the double murder, and she was put on trial.

Pc Trevor Buchanan, 32, and Lesley Howell, 31, were found together in a fume-filled garage in the seaside town of Castlerock, Co Derry. The couple passed their deaths off as suicide when they had, in fact, murdered them.

Buchanan had, in fact been drugged with sleeping pills and Howell was gassed and smothered. The bodies were placed in a car in a garage, Treasured belongings were arranged around them and then they were gassed with the car's exhaust.

She got away with it for 20 years and would still be getting away with it had Howell not confessed. She has shown no sign of remorse, so I reckon should be ripe for the oven. Unrepentant and unforgiven.

Nominated by : Old Bailey

(You can read a full account by clicking here)