Murder accused dentist admits sex attacks on patients

Colin Howell Dentist admits indecent assaults

Related Stories

A dentist accused of murdering his wife and his ex-lover's husband has pleaded guilty to indecently assaulting three women patients at his surgery.

Colin Howell, 51, of Glebe Road, Castlerock, admitted the charges at Antrim Crown Court on Monday.

But he denied 14 other charges of indecent assault against the same three women and three others.

Mr Howell and Hazel Stewart, 47, of Ballystrone Road, Coleraine, are to stand trial next month.

They are charged with the murders of their respective partners - Leslie Howell and Trevor Buchanan - who were found dead in a car filled with exhaust fumes at Castlerock in May 1991.

Their bodies were found in a car parked in a garage behind the home of Mrs Howell's late father. At the time, detectives believed they had died as a result of a suicide pact.

But last year, police launched a murder investigation.

In court, Mr Howell, a father of 10, admitted assaulting the three patients on various dates between July and December 2008, just weeks before he was arrested by officers investigating the deaths of his wife and Mrs Stewart's first husband, Trevor.

More on This Story

Related Stories

Features & Analysis

  • French luxury Tea House, Mariage Freres display of tea pots Tea for tu

    France falls back in love with tea - but don't expect a British cuppa


  • Woman in swimming pool Green stuff

    The element that makes a familiar smell when mixed with urine


  • Female model's bottom in leopard skin trousers as she walks up the catwalkBum deal

    Why budget buttock ops can be bad for your health


  • The OfficeIn pictures

    Fifty landmark shows from 50 years of BBC Two


Elsewhere on the BBC

  • ITChild's play

    It's never been easier for small businesses to get their message out to the world

Programmes

  • Tuna and avacadoThe Travel Show Watch

    Is Tokyo set to become the world's gourmet capital?

BBC © 2014 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.