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Wednesday, 26 September, 2001, 16:53 GMT 17:53 UK
Jury told of 'horror' of Russell attacks
Michael Stone
Michael Stone denies all the charges
The jury in the trial of Michael Stone has been reminded of the "horror and the emotion" of the attack on Lin, Megan and Josie Russell.

In a summary of the prosecution's evidence at Nottingham Crown Court, Nigel Sweeney QC gave his closing speech.

Mr Sweeney said: "There is no dispute and there could be no dispute that Lin and Megan Russell were murdered and there was an attempt to murder Josie.

"The central issue for you is whether this man, Michael Stone, carried out that murder and attempted murder."

Lin and Megan Russell
Lin and Megan Russell were killed with a hammer
Mr Stone, 41, denies murdering Lin Russell, 45, and her six-year-old daughter Megan, and attempting to murder nine-year-old Josie in a country lane near Chillenden, Kent, on 9 July 1996.

The case against Mr Stone relies on the evidence of former prisoner Damian Daley.

Earlier in the trial the jury heard how Michael Stone boasted to Daley about the murders while he was on remand at Canterbury prison in 1997.

Mr Sweeney said Mr Stone had called Daley his friend and began talking to him through a pipe which ran along the bottom of the cell.

No DNA evidence

Mr Sweeney said: "Damian Daley tried to shut him up, but it was then he starting talking about breaking heads and the inside being mush.

"He also told Damian Daley `I'd have been okay if that slag had not picked me out'.

"The defendant told him 'they didn't have what I wanted' and then said 'the dog made more noise than they did'."

Later when Damian Daley was reading a newspaper report about the murders he put "two and two together", said Mr Sweeney.

Mr Sweeney said there was no positive identification or DNA evidence to link Mr Stone to the crime scene.

William Clegg QC, defending, will give his closing speech on Thursday.

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