Michael Stone Wiki
Michael Stone Biography
Loyalist assassin Michael Stone who attempted to assassinate Gerry Adams and Martin McGuinness in Stormont has been paroled.
The convicted murderer was held in Maghaberry Prison until his release today.
Stone was one of the most notorious terrorists in the Northern Ireland riots after killing three people in a gun and grenade attack during a funeral at Belfast’s Milltown Cemetery in 1988.
Michael Stone, pictured, was imprisoned for his attempted murder of Gerry Adams and Martin McGuinness in Stormont in November 2006. He had previously been released under the terms of the 1998 Good Friday Agreement after being convicted of murdering six people +4
Michael Stone, pictured, was imprisoned for his attempted murder of Gerry Adams and Martin McGuinness in Stormont in November 2006. He had previously been released under the terms of the 1998 Good Friday Agreement after being convicted of murdering six people.
Stone, pictured, was released from Maze Prison on the outskirts of Belfast in July 2000 under the terms of the Good Friday Agreement. He was handed over to 16 years in jail in December 2008 for the Stormont +4 attack.
Stone, pictured, was released from Maze Prison on the outskirts of Belfast in July 2000 under the terms of the Good Friday Agreement. He was handed over to 16 years in jail in December 2008 for the Stormont attack.
He had also been convicted of the 1984 murders of milkman Patrick Brady in South Belfast, carpenter Kevin McPolin in Lisburn in 1985 and bread delivery driver Dermott Hackett, who was wounded 16 times with a submachine gun in 1987.
Stone was released under the terms of the 1998 Good Friday Agreement, but returned to prison in 2006 when he attempted to enter the Parliament buildings in Stormont armed with explosives and an ax.
He was found guilty of plotting the murder of Gerry Adams and Martin McGuinness, although he later claimed it was “an act of performing art”.
According to the BBC, probation commissioners made the decision to release the killer on Monday.
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Stone, a former member of the Ulster Defense Association (UDA), killed three people in a gun and grenade attack at Milltown Cemetery in West Belfast following an IRA funeral.
The families of his victims had launched a legal appeal in an attempt to prevent him from seeking early release from prison, but the Court of Appeal dismissed it last year.
Following Stone’s release, Family Members for Justice issued a statement from Dermot Hackett’s family.
The family said they “still live with the heartache caused by the murder of his husband and father, son and brother and not a day goes by without them thinking about him.”
According to the statement: “While Michael Stone served a prison sentence for the murder, many questions remain unanswered, particularly regarding his relationship with the state.
Stone, pictured, murdered three people during an IRA funeral in Milltown Cemetery in March 1988
“Michael Stone definitely did not act alone, the role of the state and in particular the special branch of the RUC and British military intelligence have yet to be clarified.”
In November last year, the highest court in Northern Ireland ruled that Stone could apply for early release from prison.
He said that keeping notorious paramilitaries behind bars until at least 2024 “would constitute an interference with the prisoner’s physical freedom and could only arise under the clear authority of the law,” and in his opinion, this could not be implied.
The issue under consideration was whether he would remain in jail until at least 2024, or whether his minimum fee expired in 2018, including the six years he was on leave on leave.
The court concluded that the period that the inmate legally spent on leave should be included in the relevant part of his sentence.
Stone had been serving a 30-year jail term.
One of his victims was Thomas McErlean, 20.
His sister, Deborah McGuinness, had taken legal action in an attempt to try to get her brother’s killer to apply for early release.