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Wednesday, 19 September, 2001, 14:50 GMT 15:50 UK
Prisoner 'heard account of crime'
Michael Stone
Michael Stone: Allegedly confessed to the crime
The trial of Michael Stone has heard evidence from a prisoner who says an inmate in the next cell gave a graphic account of the crime.

Damian Daley, 26, told Nottingham Crown Court that the man described one of his victims as a "slag" and spoke about "smashing heads, breaking eggs".

The prosecution says the alleged confession came from Michael Stone.

Mr Stone denies the murder of Lin Russell, 45, and daughter Megan, aged six, and attempting to murder Josie Russell, then aged nine, in a country lane near Chillenden, Kent.


He said they were trying to get away and they didn't get far. He said they didn't have what he wanted, they were paupers or something

Damian Daley
The attack happened as the family walked home on 9 July, 1996.

Mr Stone, formerly of Skinner Street, Gillingham, Kent, was held at Canterbury prison while on remand after being arrested in July 1997.

The prosecution has already told the jury that the case rests on the evidence of Mr Daley, who claims the confession took place on 23 July.

He told the court he was in cell three of the prison segregation unit where inmates in adjoining cells would communicate by talking next to a heating pipe.

Mr Daley said the man used this method to talk to him after being jeered by other prisoners.

Damian Daley
Damian Daley: Denied framing the accused
Mr Daley told the court: "I told him to shut up, then he started to talk to me about smashing heads, breaking eggs, that's the words he used.

"I didn't know what he was talking about.

"Then he said something along the lines of 'I would have been OK if it hadn't been for that slag, if that slag hadn't picked me out'.

"I told him to keep quiet."

Mr Daley said he went back to reading a copy of The Mirror newspaper.

'Tell the screws'

He said: "I got to an article about a girl getting some bravery award and it said about the Chillenden murders.

"I knew there was one woman and one girl, I didn't know there was a survivor."

He was then shown a copy of the article and confirmed that it did not mention Michael Stone.

Mr Daley said that after realising the man in the next cell might have a connection to the crime he went back to the pipe.


I couldn't say who was in the cell next to me because I don't know but it was like being told a horror story

Damian Daley
He said: "I told him to shut-up or I would tell the screws.

"He said they wouldn't believe me and even if they do 'I'll be nutted'."

Mr Daley confirmed this meant to plead insanity, in prison language.

He said: "He was talking about wet towels and someone being disobedient or something.

"He said they were trying to get away and they didn't get far. He said they didn't have what he wanted, they were paupers or something.

'Turned him on'

"He mentioned a dog, he said the dog made more noise than they did. I thought he meant females but now I know there was a dog involved.

"He said about making someone watch. He said they closed their eyes and he hit them.

Lin and Megan Russell with horse
Lin and Megan Russell died
"Then he was talking about swimming costumes and that there was a swimming costume and that he became aroused by it.

"He said it turned him on, he said he sniffed it."

Daley told the court he was horrified by what he heard.

He said: "I just sat on my bed rocking to and fro. The night seemed to go on forever.

"I couldn't say who was in the cell next to me because I don't know but it was like being told a horror story but a bit more twisted and it was real."

Asked if he had decided to frame Mr Stone, Daley replied: "No. I did not frame him, No."

The trial continues.

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