Hammer killer in sick challenge with Levi Bellfield to ‘prove’ he’s innocent
Hammer attack murderer Michael Stone has accepted a sick challenge from a fellow monster to ‘prove’ who battered Lin Russell and daughter Megan to death 14 years ago.
Stone says he is willing to take a lie detector test if serial killer Levi Bellfield provides the DNA he says would clear his name.
Stone, 57 – jailed after a fellow lag said he confessed to the crime while awaiting trial – whines in a prison letter to the Sunday Mirror: “I want justice with the real murderer exposed.
“I’m condemned to life in prison because of a lie.”
Stone’s DNA was never found at the scene of the savage attack in Chillenden, Kent, in 1996.
And his legal team now wants samples from Bellfield, 52, to test against exhibits.
The row between the two fiends, both held in HMP Frankland, Durham, blew up three years ago.
Stone claimed DNA from Bellfield would prove he killed doctor Lin, 45, and Megan, six, as they walked home from a swimming gala.
Wheel-clamper Bellfield – serving life for killing Milly Dowler, 13, Marsha McDonnell, 19, and Amelie Delagrange, 22, in South West London between 2002 and 2004 – denied the accusation. And he said he would only give DNA if Stone took an advanced polygraph test – which Belfield claimed would prove his guilt.
Now, Stone writes: “Levi Bellfield may well deny doing it but even he knows he is far from eliminated as a suspect. I would take him up on his challenge if he would provide a DNA sample. I am condemned to life in prison because one desperate liar claimed I confessed.”
Drug addict Damian Daley told police Stone confessed as they were held in adjoining cells at Canterbury jail. But we last month revealed letters from ex-lags casting doubt on his testimony amid claims he was a paid police informant. Daly is now serving life for the murder of a drug dealer.
Stone is serving three life sentences over the Chillenden murders. He lost a retrial in 2001 and an appeal in 2005.
Josie, then nine, was the only survivor of the assault. She was left for dead with catastrophic head injuries but recovered and now works as an artist.
Stone’s lawyers want tests on a string bag of Lin’s containing six strips of torn towel found near the bodies; Lin’s right shoe lace, which was tied around her wrist; a hair found on her T-shirt; and two of four hairs found on Josie’s shoes that were not linked to the victims.
Bellfield’s DNA is held on the national database, compiled from samples at crime scenes. It has 5.8million profiles but cops are not compelled to share.
Bellfield is also protected under privacy laws, which means he does not have to give a sample. Previous checks revealed “partial” DNA at the scene which could narrow suspects.
Stone’s barrister, Mark McDonald, said: “I am told we know from Bellfield’s familial history he will have some unique DNA markers. A sample would help show whether somebody like him was at the scene.”
But Det Supt Paul Fotheringham of Kent Police said: “Following two trials and an unsuccessful appeal, Michael Stone remains convicted of the murders of Lin and Megan and the attempted murder of Josie.
“Furthermore, [an] investigation was carried out by the Met into allegations concerning Levi Bellfield and concluded there is no evidence to support those claims.
“Since Stone’s conviction, there have been allegations and statements set against what has already been disclosed and they have not provided information that changes the position of Kent Police.”
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