Arlene inquest set for Sept. 11

Convicted child killer Robert Howard will be called to give evidence at the inquest into the death of Arlene Arkinson.

Convicted child killer Robert Howard will be called to give evidence at the inquest into the death of Arlene Arkinson.

The 15-year-old from Castlederg went missing after attending a disco in Bundoran in 1994. Her body has never been found. Robert Howard was acquitted of her murder in 2005. He is serving a life sentence for the rape and murder of a 14-year-old South London girl in 2002.

Howard lost his High Court challenge to prevent the inquest in December. At a preliminary hearing in Belfast yesterday, his lawyers said he would appeal. Coroner John Leckey asked that the inquest be held in a secure room, so that Howard can give evidence.