Killer’s mo­tive never es­tab­lished

Kentish Gazette Canterbury & District - - Dreadful Secret Of Reed Pond -

No clear mo­tive or DNA ev­i­dence was ever dis­cov­ered for the Chil­len­den at­tacks.

Michael Stone, 37, a heroin ad­dict from Gilling­ham with con­vic­tions for bur­glary and vi­o­lence, was con­victed of the two mur­ders and at­tempted mur­der in 1998.

He was given three life sen­tences, with a min­i­mum of 25 years.

Stone has launched sev­eral at­tempts to be cleared – in­clud­ing a re­trial – but he was re­con­victed on the same ev­i­dence.

A re­cent tele­vi­sion doc­u­men­tary about the case brought to­gether sev­eral ex­perts to re­view the ev­i­dence, whose con­clu­sions cast doubt on the con­vic­tions.

Josie’s sis­ter, Me­gan, and mum, Lin

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