She also disposed of evidence including the hose pipe used to gas their spouses.Stewart claimed she was “soft, weak vulnerable, and easy prey” painting her former lover as “obsessed, calculating, controlling and very manipulative”.At the time their deaths were seen as a double suicide prompted by the revelation that their spouses were having an affair.
In court appearances, where she has wept in the dock or sat frozen faced, her second husband, retired police superintendent David Stewart has been there.
Her son and daughter – children of the man she murdered – were in the gallery.
Going to court and coming from court, they are there.
They hold umbrellas protectively over their mother – they stay close as they can to her side.
Despite the seriousness of the charges she faced, she was granted bail amid fears that she might take her own life, given the chance.
Her second husband took the witness box to say that he and her children would care for her.
The grim scene was discovered by two members of their church.
Trevor, was found in the front of the car while Lesley was in the boot, family photographs scattered around her body.
She organised clothes to dress the body then watched as Howell carried her husband to the car, placing him beside Lesley.