Loyalist killer Michael Stone is released from jail on parole
Loyalist murderer Michael Stone who killed three in gun and grenade attack at funeral then stormed Stormont in bid to kill Gerry Adams and Martin McGuinness is FREED on parole
- Michael Stone was jailed following the 2006 attack on the Stormont Parliament
- He was convicted of plotting to murder Gerry Adams and Martin McGuinness
- He had been released under the terms of the Good Friday Agreement in 2000
- He had previously been convicted of murdering six people in four terror attacks
Loyalist killer Michael Stone who tried to murder Gerry Adams and Martin McGuinness in Stormont has been released on parole.
The convicted killer was being held in Maghaberry Prison until his release earlier today.
Stone was one of the most notorious terrorists of the Northern Ireland Troubles after he murdered three people in a gun and grenade attack during a funeral at Milltown cemetery in Belfast in 1988.
Michael Stone, pictured, was jailed for this attempt to murder Gerry Adams and Martin McGuinness in Stormont in November 2006. He had earlier been released under the terms of the 1998 Good Friday Agreement having been convicted of murdering six people
Stone, pictured, was released from the Maze prison outside Belfast in July 2000 under the terms of the Good Friday Agreement. He was handed 16 years in jail in December 2008 for the Stormont attack
He had also been convicted of the murders of milkman Patrick Brady in south Belfast in 1984, carpenter Kevin McPolin in Lisburn in 1985 and bread delivery driver Dermott Hackett who was hit 16 times with a submachine gun in 1987.
Stone was released under the terms of the 1998 Good Friday Agreement, but was returned to prison in 2006 when he tried to get into the Parliament Buildings in Stormont armed with explosives and an axe.
He was convicted of planning to murder Gerry Adams and Martin McGuinness, though later claimed it was ‘an act of performance art’.
According to the BBC, the Parole Commissioners made a decision to release the killer on Monday.
Stone, a former member of the Ulster Defence Association (UDA), killed three people in a gun and grenade attack at Milltown Cemetery in west Belfast following an IRA funeral.
A legal challenge had been launched by his victims’ families in a bid to prevent him applying for early release from prison but was dismissed by the Court of Appeal last year.
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