Michael Stone

Born Apr 2, 1955

Michael Stone is a Northern Irish loyalist who was a volunteer in the Ulster Defence Association (UDA). Stone was born in England but raised in the Braniel estate in East Belfast, Northern Ireland. Convicted of killing three people and injuring more than sixty in an attack on mourners at Milltown Cemetery in 1988, he was sentenced to life imprisonment. While in jail, he became one of the leaders of the Ulster Defence Association/Ulster Freedom Fighters (UDA/UFF) prisoners.… Read More

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Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Michael Stone.


1955 Birth Born in 1955.


1970 15 Years Old In 1970 Stone helped establish a Braniel street gang, which called itself the Hole in the Wall Gang, and which Stone claims included Catholic and Protestant members. … Read More
1971 16 Years Old In 1971 Stone joined a "Tartan Gang" that had started up on the Braniel estate and he was soon recognised as "general" of this loyalist group. … Read More
1972 17 Years Old 1 More Event
Stone met Tommy Herron, commander of the Ulster Defence Association's East Belfast Brigade, when Herron moved into the Braniel estate in 1972. … Read More
1974 19 Years Old Following Herron's death, Stone withdrew from the UDA and in January 1974 attached himself to the Red Hand Commando (RHC), a loyalist group that also operated a Braniel unit under Sammy Cinnamond. … Read More


1976 21 Years Old Stone married Marlene Leckey in 1976 and had three sons with her. The couple separated in 1978 and divorced in 1983.
1978 23 Years Old In 1978 the UDA encouraged Stone to join the Royal Irish Regiment at Ballymena in order that he could receive training with anti-tank weaponry although he did not receive this training and left after six months. … Read More
1984 29 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1984 Stone decided to reactivate his membership of the UDA and contacted Andy Tyrie to receive permission. … Read More


This was followed in 1985 by an attempt to kill another Sinn Féin activist, Robert McAllister, but on this occasion Stone was unsuccessful.
1988 33 Years Old …  Convicted of murdering three people and injuring more than 60 in an attack on mourners at Milltown Cemetery in 1988, he was sentenced to life imprisonment. … Read More


1998 43 Years Old While in HM Prison Maze, Stone became one of the five leaders of the Ulster Defence Association/"Ulster Freedom Fighters" prisoners. Alongside the other four, he met Mo Mowlam during the 1998 negotiations between the government and paramilitaries as part of the Northern Ireland peace process. … Read More
2000 45 Years Old On 24 July 2000, Stone was released from prison after 13 years under the terms of the Good Friday Agreement. … Read More
2001 46 Years Old In 2001, Stone and Cooper exchanged bullet-proof jackets as Christmas gifts. … Read More
2002 47 Years Old In March 2002 it was reported in the Sunday Life that Stone and Cooper had fled Northern Ireland for France following death threats from loyalists opposed to the peace process. … Read More


In November 2006, he claimed that in the 1980s he had been "three days" away from killing the then leader of the Greater London Council and former Mayor of London, Ken Livingstone, over his invitations to Sinn Féin's Gerry Adams and Martin McGuinness to visit him in London. … Read More
During his trial in September 2008, on 13 charges including the attempted murder of Gerry Adams and Martin McGuinness, Stone repeated that his actions were "an act of performance art".
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