This article has an interview with stones sister. Please can someone copy/paste into this forum.
Michael Stone's sister: Levi Bellfield could have killed the Russell girls, NOT my brother
- 19:52, 20 May 2016
- Updated 20:08, 20 May 2016
- By Lynn Cox
Barbara Stone has called on police to use DNA technology to check evidence at the scene to clear her brother's name
Michael Stone is serving time in Frankland Prison, Durham
The sister of convicted murderer Michael Stone, who was jailed 19 years ago for killing Lin and Megan Russell, says new DNA technology could clear her brother’s name - and prove it was Levi Bellfield .
Barbara Stone has called on police to look again into serial killer Levi Bellfield, who was originally linked to the Russell girls’ murder, after he finally admitted to killing 13-year-old Milly Dowler earlier this year.
She said she rarely sees her brother, now 55, as he is locked up in Frankland Prison in Durham - but still thinks about him and what she sees a gross miscarriage of justice every single day.
Barbara reckons new DNA testing technology will prove that evidence found at the scene was left there by Bellfield rather than her brother.
But Kent Police are refusing to re-test the evidence, and are leaving the Met Police to look into any cases which may have been linked to Bellfield.
Her brother was jailed for life in 1998, after being convicted of the murder of Lin and Megan Russell and the attempted murder of Josie Russell, then aged nine, in a remote country lane near Canterbury July 9, 1996.
Lin, 45, and her six-year-old Megan and their dog, Lucy, were killed in the attack. But Josie, despite suffering terrible head injuries, survived and went on to make a miraculous recovery.
The family were tied up and savagely beaten with a hammer in what police said was an attempted robbery as they made their way home from school.
Lin Russell and her six-year-old daughter Megan were killed in attack
Stone denied being responsible for the appalling crimes but was found guilty and despite being behind bars for the past 19 years, he still protests his innocence.
He is serving three life sentences and must spend at least 25 years in prison.
He was found guilty after drug addict and convicted murderer Damian Daley gave evidence for the prosecution, telling the court how Stone, from Gillingham, Kent, had confessed to him in prison that he had carried out the dreadful attacks.
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Another prisoner, Barry Thompson, admitted lying about an alleged confession by Stone a day after he was jailed, but despite the convictions being quashed in 2001, Stone was found guilty again following a retrial on the basis of Daley’s evidence.
Barbara, 54, who lives in Chatham, Kent, spoke out after serial killer, Levi Bellfield, was linked to the Russell killings after finally admitting to raping and murdering Milling Dowler, a crime he had previously denied.
Bellfield has since disputed making that confession to officers but the Metropolitan Police confirmed it was liaising with several police forces about other cold cases.
Barbara said: “We are pinning our hopes on advances in DNA technology. I’m not saying Bellfield is the killer, but we need to test his DNA against the that found at the scene.
“Advances in technology could lead to something. There was no DNA evidence at the scene to put my brother there - and even the e-fit issued at the time looks like Bellfield.
“I think the time is right to speculate on this now. The person who did this is still out there.
“A car matching the description of one Bellfield had access to was seen in the area, so I do think the DNA from the crime scene should be tested against him and the thousands of others on the national database. This should be the least that’s being done.”
Milly Dowler was murdered by Levi Bellfield
Barbara admits the long fight to overturn her brother’s conviction has turned her into a more forthright and strong-willed individual.
And she still maintains hope that one day the real killer will confess, or if new evidence comes to light, she wants to see the case re-investigated and reviewed.
She said: “Kent Police should not be involved in the fresh investigation, it should be handled by another force. I am very hopeful the truth will come out.”
Barbara also spoke about drug addict and life-time criminal Damien Daley who has now been convicted of murdering a man in Folkestone.
She said: “He was and is a heroin addict and now a murderer and has openly admitted he’s lied through his life to get by.
“How can his testimony still be relied upon, especially since his murder conviction?
“We now have access to his prison record at the time of the so-called cell confession.”
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She said he had been found using heroin while inside and had access to the information about the killings from a copy of a newspaper in his cell.
“So I am saying as Michael’s sister, Daley made a false statement for whatever reason - perhaps to alleviate his distress inside, who knows?
“So my question is: should his testimony be used to take away another man’s freedom?”
Kent Police said it was not looking for anyone else in connection with the case in which Stone was convicted.
A spokesperson said: “The Metropolitan Police Service is co-ordinating all activity in regard to Levi Bellfield.
“A Criminal Case Review Commission had access to all forensic evidence, documentation and exhibits from the original investigation, the review by another force, details of two Crown Court trials and appeals to the High Court.
“Furthermore, Michael Stone made an application to apply for a Judicial Review in respect of his conviction in September 2012.
“The Honourable Mr Justice Blake ordered that permission for the application should be refused.”
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I think the Police should look at this considering he was in the frame originally.
Because the Police are interested in justice right? And not in covering their backsides right?
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I think it would be well worth doing a re-check for DNA. They can do so much more with it now, than was available back then.
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