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Killer's home, said to be worth £400,000, sells for only £300,000

A Northern Ireland newspaper says that the home of a killer dentist, which it describes as being worth £400,000, has now sold for 75 per cent or less of that value. 

Coleraine estate agency Bensons is reported to have been telling interested parties that the Castlerock property is no longer on the market and its website carries a Sale Agreed message.

The agency has been contacted by Estate Agent Today to see if it wishes to comment.

The Belfast Telegraph claims that offers of £300,000 had been invited even though what it refers to, anonymously, as “an observer of the property market in the area” thought it worth nearer £400,000. However, previous attempts to sell the home have been unsuccessful; the agency reportedly told prospective buyers it was seeking a cash purchaser.

The newspaper says most of the money from the proceeds of the sale will go to pay off debts and to compensate Howell's victims.

The house is not far from where Howell is believed to have dumped the bodies of his wife and a policeman in 2009. 

The Belfast Telegraph says advertisements described the house with its four reception rooms, bathroom and two shower rooms, as “idyllic” and a "magnificent country residence which offers extensive family accommodation". 

The newspaper says in recent months there were reports of ‘murder tourists’ taking selfies with the property as a backdrop.

  • Algarve  Investor

    "The newspaper says in recent months there were reports of ‘murder tourists’ taking selfies with the property as a backdrop."

    What the hell is wrong with people?

    "The newspaper says most of the money from the proceeds of the sale will go to pay off debts and to compensate Howell's victims."

    This, however, is a nice touch, restoring my faith in humanity somewhat. Can't say I'd heard of the story until now, but sounds like a very horrible, tragic case. Good to hear that his victims are being recompensed in some way.

  • Daniel Roder

    'Murder tourists' has to be the most depressing thing I've heard in a while. A sad reflection of our selfie-obsessed society.

    As to the story itself, is it any surprise that the house went for less than expected given its history? One of those times when the whole home needs to be razed to the ground and rebuilt, I would have thought.

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    I thought people would be queuing up to buy James Nesbitt's house!

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