22 October 2005

Howard moved to an English prison

Belfast Telegraph

Killer cleared of Arlene murder is transferred

By Jonathan McCambridge, Crime Correspondent
22 October 2005

KILLER Robert Howard was last night transferred from Northern Ireland to a high security prison in England.

The 61-year-old paedophile, who had been held in Maghaberry, was handed over to HM Prison Service and transferred to Frankland Prison in Durham.

Howard was tried earlier this year for the murder of Castlederg teenager Arlene Arkinson. He was acquitted on June 27.

Originally from Wolfhill in Co Laois, Howard was sentenced to life in 2003 for the murder of 15-year-old Kent schoolgirl Hannah Williams, whose body was discovered at a cement works in Northfleet in March 2002.

There was outrage last month after Howard's 40-year catalogue of sex crimes was revealed when reporting restrictions imposed in court were lifted.

He had committed a catalogue of offences in the Republic, Northern Ireland and England stretching back to 1964, when he attempted to rape a six-year-old girl in London.

The killer's case has drawn huge criticism of the legal system and of police in Ulster.

Howard was on bail when Arlene Arkinson went missing in 1994, and was serving a suspended sentence when he murdered Hannah Williams in 2002.

It is understood that police in the Republic have applied for permission to interview Howard about a number of missing person cases.

Detectives want to quiz him about his movements over the last 25 years when he moved around Ireland and had at least 12 addresses.

It is believed Garda have reopened the case of Jo Jo Dullard (21) who disappeared in November 1995 while hitching to her home in Co Kilkenny. They are also investigating the disappearance of American Annie McCarrick (26), who lived in Dublin and vanished while walking in Co Wicklow in March 1993.

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