A HUDDERSFIELD man convicted with his two sons of murdering his wife has been in court again.
David Howells appeared before Huddersfield magistrates this week - and it has now emerged it was for not paying towards the prosecution costs at his 1997 murder trial.
If he fails to pay £19,000 towards the costs within the next two months, he will face an extra year in jail after his life sentence is complete.
Howells, 55, is in Wakefield jail, serving at least 18 years, after he was convicted by a jury at Leeds Crown Court for his role in the killing of his wife, Eve, at the family home in Dalton Green Lane, Dalton, in August, 1995.
One son, Glenn, then 15, battered Mrs Howells to death with a hammer, striking her at least 12 times.
The other son, John, who was 14 at the time, got rid of the murder weapon and his brother's blood-stained clothes.
Howells did not take part in the actual killing and was playing in a darts match at a Crosland Moor pub at the time.
But the jury decided he was the main instigator behind the murder plot.
After the boys were arrested, he was secretly taped talking to them at Huddersfield police station - and the tapes were damning evidence.
The jury heard the boys had fantasised about getting rid of their mother. One idea - to push her off a balcony in Ibiza - failed because the rooms were on the ground floor.
Howells was ordered to pay £45,000 costs, but has failed to pay a penny. Huddersfield magistrates heard he has £19,000.
The money for the costs was supposed to have come from his half of the sale of the family home, along with cash from investments and savings accounts.
Most of Mrs Howells' reputed £155,000 estate is thought to have gone to her long-term lover, Russell Hirst, of Primrose Hill.
At the time he said he would give it to charity.