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‘Insane’ killer Alexander Lewis-Ranwell not guilty of murdering three OAPs

Frenzied: Alexander Lewis-Ranwell was held twice in two days prior to killings PICTURE: PA

A PARANOID schizophrenic who brutally killed three pensioners hours apart in frenzied attacks has been found not guilty of murder by reason of insanity.

A jury at Exeter crown court had to decide whether Alexander Lewis-Ranwell, 28, ‘did not know it was against the law’ when he battered Anthony Payne, 80, with a hammer and bludgeoned to death with a shovel twins Dick and Roger Carter, 84, in Exeter on February 10.

Before their verdict, the jury raised concerns with the judge about the failings of Devon psychiatric services. Lewis-Ranwell, of Croyde, had been released from custody hours earlier. He had been arrested twice in two days, but a medic judged he was not ‘acutely unwell’.