CONVICTED killer Robert Howard will be called as a witness at the inquest into the death of Castlederg teenager Arlene Arkinson later this year.
Robert Howard was acquitted of killing 15-year-old Arlene Arkinson at a trial in 2005.
At a hearing today Coroner John Leckey said he felt the Court of Appeal would give full weight to what he called “the dreadful position” the Arkinson family had been left in.
Arlene went missing after attending a disco in Bundoran, County Donegal, in 1994. Her body has never been found.
Mr Leckey also said it is his intention to call Howard as a witness so the inquest would need to be held in a room secure enough to deal with a category A prisoner giving evidence.
Howard is serving life for raping and killing 14-year-old Hanna Williams from Deptford, south London. Her body was found in a cement works in Northfleet, Kent, in March 2002.