A serial killer might have murdered the police assist officer discovered useless final week, a number one barrister claimed yesterday.
Julia James, 53, was found battered to demise beside a woodland path in Kent after taking her terrier for a stroll.
The scene was simply two miles from that of the infamous Chillenden hammer murders 1 / 4 of a century in the past.
The barrister campaigning to clear Michael Stone of that crime has instructed police the ‘actual killer’ should be at giant and will have struck once more.
Julia James, a serving PCSO for Kent Police for 15 years, was found battered to demise beside a woodland path in Kent after taking her terrier for a stroll
Stone, 61, has been unsuccessful in appeals in opposition to his conviction for the murders of Lin Russell, 45, and her daughter Megan, six, in 1996.
Mark McDonald QC mentioned: ‘There are some regarding questions right here. Reviews have talked about police within the space in search of a reported tried dognapper in his 60s in a BMW.
‘He would have been in his 30s on the time of the Chillenden murders. There have been various various suspects – one among which had actually poor alibi proof. However the police dropped every part after they centered on Stone. They usually obtained the unsuitable man.
‘I’ve reached out to Kent Police by means of their hotline, and mentioned I’ve obtained all the fabric on various suspects from Chillenden.
The scene was simply two miles from that of the infamous Chillenden hammer murders of Lin Russell and her daughter Megan (pictured) 1 / 4 of a century in the past. The barrister campaigning to clear Michael Stone of that crime has instructed police the ‘actual killer’ should be at giant and will have struck once more
The case has chilling echoes of one among Britain’s most infamous homicide circumstances, which came about within the neighbouring village of Chillenden, Kent, 25 years in the past, when Dr Lin Russell, 45, and her daughter Megan, six, have been bludgeoned to demise with a hammer as they walked their household canine
‘There have been 5 various suspects. It’s remarkably related. I haven’t heard again from them but, however I’ve obtained every part – names, addresses, dates of start.’
Mr McDonald mentioned stranger murders have been uncommon, including: ‘Being bashed to demise over the top with a blunt-force object is uncommon – and that’s the identical as with Lin Russell and her daughter.
‘They have been all bashed across the head with a blunt-force instrument, two miles away from the place feminine PCSO Julia James was killed. And if I’m proper, and Michael Stone is harmless, the actual assassin is on the market, and he’s struck once more.
‘I don’t wish to get too concerned within the investigation however I’ve the studies on these suspects on my pc and I may give them to the police now.’
Detectives identified that the Chillenden case is formally solved, with Stone in jail – however mentioned they’d not be ‘blinkered’ about any associated leads
The killings 25 years aside have some similarities. Each concerned a middle-aged dog-walker being killed in daylight on a wooded path in the identical small space of rural Kent.
Within the Chillenden case, Mrs Russell’s youngest daughter Josie, then 9, took years to get better from the accidents suffered within the assault. Mrs James lived along with her hypnotherapist husband Paul, 57, a few hundred yards from the place her physique was discovered final Tuesday in Snowdown, close to Canterbury.
The grandmother labored in a police home violence unit and detectives haven’t dominated out the homicide being linked to her official function.
Mr McDonald mentioned earlier options that serial killer Levi Bellfield had carried out the Chillenden murders might nonetheless be true – however insisted the choice suspects for that crime ought to nonetheless be checked out within the newest investigation.
Officers yesterday used leaflets to warn frightened Snowdown residents to ‘stay cautious, vigilant and conscious of your environment out and about, hold your cellphone on you and charged, and plan your route and inform somebody the place you’re going’.
Detectives identified that the Chillenden case is formally solved, with Stone in jail – however mentioned they’d not be ‘blinkered’ about any associated leads.
As a part of their investigation they’re going door to door in search of CCTV footage.
Final night time Mrs James’s daughter went on social media to thank locals aiding the homicide inquiry. Bethan Coles wrote ‘Thanks all in your assist’ – with a love coronary heart emoji.