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Child killer Howard dies in prison.

A CHILD killer and rapist suspected over the unsolved disappearance of a Northern Ireland schoolgirl has died in prison.

Robert Howard (pictured above) was last seen with Arlene Arkinson, from Castlederg, Co Tyrone, before she vanished after a night out at a disco across the Irish border in Co Donegal in August 1994.

Eleven years later, Howard was acquitted of her murder.

The trial jury was unaware of his history of sex attacks and his conviction for strangling south London teenager Hannah Williams in 2001.

The 71-year-old was in jail in County Durham, England, and was due to give evidence at the re-ordered inquest into Arlene's death in Belfast.

Howard is believed to have died from natural causes.

A spokesman for the Prison Service division of the UK's Ministry of Justice said: "HMP Frankland prisoner Robert Howard was pronounced dead in hospital at 1.55pm on Friday.

"As with all deaths in custody there will be an investigation by the independent Prisons and Probation Ombudsman."

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Publication:Huddersfield Daily Examiner (Huddersfield, England)
Date:Oct 5, 2015
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