Double murderer jailed 24 years ago ‘could be victim of miscarriage of justice’


Levi Bellfield has confessed to killing Lin Russell and her daughter Megan – 24 years after Michael Stone was found guilty of the shocking murders

Michael Stone was found guilty in 1998 of killing Dr Lin Russell, 45, and her daughter Megan
Michael Stone was found guilty in 1998 of killing Dr Lin Russell, 45, and her daughter Megan

A man who was jailed for the brutal murders of a mother and daughter 24 years ago may have suffered a miscarriage of justice – after Levi Bellfield confessed to the killings.

Michael Stone has protested his innocence since he was found guilty of the murders of Lin and Megan Russell in Kent in 1996, as well as the attempted murder of Josie Russell.

He is currently serving three life sentences, but his convictions have been thrown into doubt as Levi Bellfield is said to have made a starting confession.

Stone’s lawyer Paul Bacon said Bellfield, who is already serving a life sentence for the murder of schoolgirl Milly Dowler, has provided a four-page written confession which describes the gross crimes in graphic detail.

“The statement Bellfield has made, I believe is the truth,” said Mr Bacon.

Serial killer Levi Bellfield has confessed to the 1996 murders of Lin and Megan Russell
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“It now needs the police to interview Bellfield under caution and we can then establish Michael Stone’s innocence at last.

“My intention is to deliver the (Bellfield) statement to the CCRC (Criminal Cases Review Commission) and Cressida Dick for the Met to investigate.”

If the CCRC deems the confession to be credible, it could send the case back to the Court of Appeal.

In the confession, Bellfield described how blood was “everywhere” after he used a hammer to attack Lin, Megan and Josie.

He added: “Had she (Lin) screamed I would have attacked her and left not harming the children.

“The situation just got out of control and the more she complied it just gave me more confidence. I walked all three of them off the track. I forced Lin to sit down.”

The statement goes into detail about how he killed the pair and left Josie for dead, before he washed the blood off at an M25 service station in Surrey and then went to work as a nightclub bouncer.

Shaun Russell, with wife Lin and daughters Megan (second left) and Josie at an Italian restaurant in 1996
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If the confession is true, Bellfield is responsible for at least six murders and that means he is one of Britain’s worst serial killers.

The 53-year-old, who is now known as Yusuf Rahim after converting to Islam, is already serving life for the deaths of Millie, 13, Amelie Delagrange, 22, and 19-year-old Marsha McDonnell.

On top of that, he was also convicted of the attempted murder of 18-year-old Kate Sheedy.

He has also confessed to killing a woman called Judith Gold in North London, in 1990.

Stone was convicted of the Russell murders in 1998, but his convictions were later quashed.

He was found guilty again, at a retrial in 2001, after he allegedly made a confession in prison.

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George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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