Belfast Telegraph

Friday 26 December 2014

Loyalist Michael Stone receives date for appeal over murder bid

Michael Stone
Michael Stone
Michael Stone being restrained by security staff after forcing the suspension of the Stormont Assembly

Loyalist Michael Stone has received a date for his appeal against being convicted of trying to murder Sinn Fein leaders Gerry Adams and Martin McGuinness.

Judges set aside two days in March next year for the challenge after being told defence lawyers have been given all transcripts sought from the original trial.

Stone (53) was found guilty of attempting to kill the republicans in an assault at Stormont in |November 2006. A trial judge rejected his claims that the attack was part of an elaborate piece of performance art.

The one-time loyalist icon, now crippled with arthritis, had gone to Stormont armed with explosives, knives, an axe and a garrotte.

He was wrestled to the ground by two security guards after bursting through the main doors as Assembly members were gathered inside.

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