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Thursday, 13 September, 2001, 14:22 GMT 15:22 UK
Doctor tells of finding Josie alive
Josie Russell
Josie Russell was found lying at the feet of her mother
A police surgeon has described the moment he realised Josie Russell was still alive after she and her family were attacked in a country lane.

In a statement read out at Nottingham Crown Court, Dr Michael Parkes explained how he found Josie lying at her mother's feet.

Nigel Sweeney QC, prosecuting, read a statement in which Dr Parkes said he "immediately transferred" his attention to Josie when PC Richard Leivers noticed she had moved slightly.

Michael Stone, 41, denies the murder of Lin and Megan Russell and attempting to murder Josie in Cherry Garden Lane, near Chillenden, Kent, on 9 July 1996.


She had also been subjected to severe, repeated and sustained violence to her head

Nigel Sweeney QC, prosecuting
Josie was carried by a police officer to a van and taken to the casualty department of the Kent and Canterbury Hospital.

The court was told Josie had "serious life-threatening" injuries when she arrived at the hospital.

She was conscious, responding to voice and touch, but not speaking.

Her cardigan and school dress were heavily bloodstained and she was not wearing any shoes or socks.

Lin and Megan Russell with horse
Lin and Megan Russell
A large puncture mark was found by doctors behind her left ear and several lacerations to her skull.

There was extensive tearing to the covering of her brain.

Josie was transferred to Kings College Hospital in London where she later underwent surgery.

Mr Sweeney said: "The surgery was successful, but it left her with intellectual impairment."

Severe assault

The court also heard that Lin and Megan's bodies were heavily bloodstained.

Mr Sweeney said a post-mortem examination found that Mrs Russell had suffered a sustained and severe assault to her head.

Megan, six, who had some of her sister Josie's blood on her body, had suffered about seven blows to her head.

Mr Sweeney said: "She had also been subjected to severe, repeated and sustained violence to her head."

Witnesses told the jury that Mr Stone was a drug user who injected heroin five or six times a day and used shoelaces, belts and ties as tourniquets.

The trial continues.

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