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Tuesday, 18 September, 2001, 13:52 GMT 14:52 UK
Russell jurors visit country lane
Police activity at the scene where the Russell's were attacked
Activity at the scene where the Russells were attacked
The jury in the trial of Michael Stone, the man accused of murdering Lin and Megan Russell, have visited the scene of the deaths.

Mr Stone, 41, formerly of Skinner Street, Gillingham, is also charged with attempting to murder Josie Russell in a country lane near Chillenden, Kent. He denies the charges.

The jury of nine men and three women from Nottingham Crown Court, the judge, lawyers and the defendant Michael Stone spent time at Cherry Garden Lane, where the family were found.

Jurors are also being taken to Rowling Court, where the bloodied rags used to bind Mrs Russell and her daughters were found, and to where eyewitness Isobel Cole said she saw a man carrying a hammer in Chillenden.

Lin and Megan Russell with horse
Lin and Megan Russell
Lin, 45, Josie, then nine, and Megan, six, were walking along an isolated footpath on 9 July 1996, when they were attacked.

They were allegedly confronted by a man who demanded money.

Josie tried to escape, but she was caught and the family allegedly tied up before beaten with a hammer.

Their bodies were discovered covered in blood in a small copse.

Josie was found near her mother and sister.

Emergency staff believed her to be dead until a faint pulse was detected.

Josie has since recovered from her injuries.

The trial will resume on Wednesday.

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