Mansfield solicitor speaks about defending a man currently in prison for murdering a mother and daughter

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A Mansfield solicitor who is part of a legal team attempting to overturn the conviction of Micheal Stone - who is currently serving two life sentences for a double murder - said he believes he is innocent.

Paul Bacon, 69, from Mansfield, is representing Stone, who was convicted for the brutal murder of Dr Lin Russell, 45, and her six-year-old daughter Megan in 1996, said a crucial new witness has come forward.

Mr Bacon, who is a consultant at Mansfield law firm Bryan and Armstrong, said the new witness has come forward who claims she saw serial killer Levi Bellfield, who murdered three girls including 13-year-old Milly Dowler, near to where the murder took place more than 20 years ago.

In another development it was also revealed that Bellfield, who now calls himself Yusuf Rahim, and is currently serving a whole life sentence, confessed to the killings over several weeks to a fellow prisoner.

Mr Bacon, who has tried previously to get the case back into court, said: “I hope this time we can get justice for Micheal Stone who did not kill the Russells.”

Stone has always maintained his innocence and was found guilty in 1998, largely on the strength of a disputed cell confession.

Mr Bacon told your Chad how he was finding working on the high profile case, which he has been involved with for the past ten years.

He said: “It is very pressurised, I cannot tell you how many calls I have taken from the media recently - there must have been up to 100, and I also have all other regular work as well.”

Mr Bacon has also said the difference between both alleged confessions is ‘stark’.

He said: “Stone’s alleged confession contained nothing that was not in the news papers, the man in the next cell who he supposable told had a news paper with the case in it and Stone had never seen him.

“Bellfield’s confession was over several weeks and was to someone he had befriended in prison.

“It contained details of items not in the public domain.”

Mr Bacon also spoke about Bellfield, who drew a picture which the lawyer believes matched the site of the murder.

He added: “Only someone who was there would have known that in detail.”

Mr Bacon has also criticised a piece of evidence - a shoelace - which has been lost.

He believes the item was critical to the case, and Stone’s legal team wanted it re-examining because of developments in forensic science technology.