Senior coroner in North warns there must be no more delays to Arlene Arkinson inquest

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Arlene ArkinsonThe senior coroner in the North has warned the chief constable and the justice minister he will not allow further delays in the inquest into the death of Castlederg teenager Arlene Arkinson.
John Leckey was speaking at a preliminary hearing into her death.
Arlene Arkinson, disappeared in August 1994 after a night out at a disco Bundoran. Her body has never been found.
In 2005, Robert Howard was acquitted of Arlene’s murder but the jury had not been told he had a history of sex attacks and that two years earlier he had been found guilty of murdering 14 year-old  Hannah Williams in south London.
A preliminary hearing at Belfast’s Old Town Hall in March was told Howard, who is currently in Frankland prison in County Durham, may give evidence via video link.
After many delays an inquest was set for 28 April next year at Omagh Court House.
However, it emerged today that less than half the documents the PSNI are due to give to the court and the Arkinson family have been handed over.
The delay has been blamed on a busy summer, with the G8 summit, the flags dispute and the marching season.
Setting a deadline for the end of this month for the handover, the coroner replied that if Chief Constable Matt Baggott did not have the necessary resources, he should ask Justice Minister David Ford for more.
He also said he hoped Mr Ford would make an early decision on legal aid for Robert Howard, whom he described as a prime suspect in the murder of Arlene Arkinson.

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