Pair to face court over couple's 'suicide' death

A man and woman are due in court today charged with murdering a couple whose deaths 18 years ago were originally treated as suicide.

A man and woman are due in court today charged with murdering a couple whose deaths 18 years ago were originally treated as suicide.

Policeman Trevor Buchanan, 31, and dentist’s wife Lesley Howell, 30, were found dead in a fume-filled car parked in the garage of a house in the seaside town of Castlerock, Co Derry in 1991. At the time police said they died in a suicide pact.

The double murder charges against the 50-year-old man and 45-year-old woman were brought after police re-opened the investigation this week.

They are due to appear at Coleraine magistrates’ court this morning.

The two suspects were arrested after officers received new information on the case last Thursday.

Mother-of-four Mrs Howell’s body was discovered in the back seat of the car in May 1991.

She was wearing Walkman earphones and clasping photographs of her children. Mr Buchanan, a father of two, was in a front seat.

Police had said a hosepipe led from the exhaust into the car and no crime was suspected.

An inquest hearing at a Coroner’s Court later ruled they committed suicide.

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