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Arlene Arkinson inquest: Opening day told of troubled background

15 February 2016 Last updated at 21:24 GMT

The long-delayed inquest into the death of murdered schoolgirl Arlene Arkinson has heard that she thought she was pregnant on the night she disappeared.

Arlene, a 15-year-old from Castlederg, County Tyrone, went missing 22 years ago after attending a school disco in County Donegal.

She was last seen in a car driven by the convicted child killer and rapist, Robert Howard.

The opening day of the inquest heard that Arlene was a "vulnerable" girl from a troubled background who had been sexually abused in her younger years.

Colletta Smith reports from the coroner's court in Belfast.