Ex-public schoolboy who killed three OAPs hours after being released by cops found not guilty of murder due to insanity

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A FORMER public schoolboy beat three vulnerable pensioners to death hours after being released from police custody, a court heard.

Alexander Lewis-Ranwell, 28, had a history of mental illness and had delusions that wrongly led him to believe he was uncovering a paedophile ring.

Former public schoolboy Alexander Lewis-Ranwell beat three pensioners to death hours after cops freed him

He was arrested twice in the days before he killed Tony Payne, 80, and twins Dick and Roger Carter, 84, in their homes in Exeter, Devon, on February 10.

Lewis-Ranwell had attacked a farmer the previous day — seven hours after he was released by cops for the first time in Barnstaple.

A doctor said after the second arrest that he should be seen by a mental health nurse before release, but that did not happen.

And a police inspector said Lewis-Ranwell would “present a serious risk to the public if released”.

But he was freed and made his way to Exeter, where he killed his victims.


CCTV linked him to all three.

Lewis-Ranwell was found not guilty of three murders by reason of insanity at Exeter crown court.

He will be cared for at Broadmoor psychiatric hospital until officials are certain he can be released.

SWNS:South West News Service

Tony Payne, 80, was among Lewis-Ranwell’s vulnerable victims[/caption]

CCTV footage shows Alexander Lewis-Ranwell being released from Barnstaple police station hours before he killed three elderly men

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CCTV footage issued by Devon and Cornwall Police of Lewis-Ranwell on February 10, 2019[/caption]

The ex-public schoolboy made his way to Exeter after he was freed from custody in Barnstaple
Polo-playing Lewis-Ranwell had a history of mental illness and delusions he was uncovering a paedophile ring

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A police inspector said Lewis-Ranwell would ‘present a serious risk to the public if released’[/caption]

 

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