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Serial killer Bellfield 'admits hammer murders of mother and her daughter'

Another man is currently serving three life sentences for the killings

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Letter: Levi Bellfield has allegedly admitted to Lin Russell and her daughter Megan. Credit: Metropolitan Police/PA

Letter: Levi Bellfield has allegedly admitted to Lin Russell and her daughter Megan. Credit: Metropolitan Police/PA

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Letter: Levi Bellfield has allegedly admitted to Lin Russell and her daughter Megan. Credit: Metropolitan Police/PA

A serial killer who murdered three young women, including the daughter of a man from Northern Ireland, has confessed to the murders of Lin Russell and her daughter Megan, a lawyer has said.

Levi Bellfield — who killed Milly Dowler (13), Amelie Delagrange (22) and Marsha McDonnell (19), whose father is from Co Fermanagh — has admitted to the murders of Lin Russell and her daughter Megan, a lawyer has said.

Michael Stone is currently serving three life sentences for the murders of Ms Russell and her six-year-old daughter, who were found bludgeoned to death in Chillenden, Kent, in July 1996.

Stone's solicitor said he has received a "genuine" four-page statement from Bellfield in which he details his involvement in the killings, which would mean his client had suffered a miscarriage of justice.

Milly's killer is thought to be the only criminal in UK legal history to be serving two whole-life orders — for her murder, the killings of Ms McDonnell and Ms Delagrange as well as the attempted murder of Kate Sheedy.

Marsha’s father Phil is from Enniskillen, and was a former tour manager with bands including Steely Dan, Van Morrison, Rory Gallagher and Clannad, who played at her funeral.

Paul Bacon said: "I can say I have received a four-page statement from Bellfield, which is a genuine confession, it's an absolutely astonishing breakthrough.

"I will now meet with colleagues following this remarkable development to finally, after many years, get freedom for Michael Stone. This is the evidence that will prove he is innocent."

The alleged confession will be referred to the Criminal Cases Review Commission (CCRC).

The Sun On Sunday reported that the document included details of what he was wearing and how he made his escape.

Barrister Mark McDonald said on Twitter on Saturday: "For over 21 years I have represented Michael Stone who was wrongly convicted of the Chillenden murders.

"Tomorrow it will be announced that Levi Belfield has made a full written confession to the crimes.

"Michael Stone is innocent and must be immediately released from prison.

"Stone has been in prison for 26 years despite plenty of evidence that this is a miscarriage of justice."

Ms Russell's other daughter, Josie, then nine, suffered severe head injuries in the attack and the family's dog, Lucy, was killed.

Last year, Mr McDonald said a bootlace found at the scene could be an "absolutely huge" and crucial piece of evidence.

He said there is "no forensic, no identification evidence at all" against Stone, and said the bootlace could yield DNA that would "undoubtedly point away" from his client.

Kent Police said its position on Stone's conviction remains unchanged.

Detective Chief Superintendent Paul Fotheringham of Kent Police said: "Following two trials at which Stone was found guilty by a jury on both occasions, and an appeal to the High Court, Michael Stone remains convicted of the murders of Lin and Megan Russell, and the attempted murder of Josie Russell in 1996.

"Michael Stone made an application to apply for a Judicial Review in respect of his conviction in September 2012. The Honourable Mr Justice Blake ordered that permission for the application should be refused.

"The Criminal Case Review Commission commenced an extensive re-examination of the murder investigation in 2017 and has had access to all forensic evidence, documentation and exhibits from the original investigation, the review by Hampshire Police, details of the two Crown Court trials and appeals to the High Court. All evidence from the examinations on the shoelace were recorded and disclosed to the CCRC."

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