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Stone gets life for the third and final time for the Russell Murders

A graphic photo showing a hammer against a concrete background


It was an indication of the impact of Michael Stone’s final conviction for the murder of Lin and Megan Russell that a year later, the law was changed and the Mental Health Act amended.

The first trial of Stone, accused of hammering to death a mother and daughter, was so flawed that it required two appeals.

However, the real failure had been by the workers and professionals who never shared their concerns over Stone for fears of patient confidentiality...