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Exeter triple killer found not guilty of murder by reason of insanity

Alexander Lewis-Ranwell.

A paranoid schizophrenic who killed three Exeter pensioners during a delusion has been found not guilty of murder.

Alexander Lewis-Ranwell admitted killing the three elderly men in their homes on February 10 earlier this year.

The 28-year-old mistakenly believed his victims were paedophiles, Exeter Crown Court was told during his trial.

The prosecution said the defendant beared some criminal responsibility for his actions, while the defence argued Mr Lewis-Ranwell was too mentally ill to know what he was doing.

Two of the victims lived at this property in Cowick Lane, Exeter. Credit: ITV News

A jury has today (Dec 2) found the defendant not guilty of murder by reason of insanity.

Prior to delivering their verdict, the jury sent a note to the judge to express their concerns at the “state of psychiatric care” in Devon.

Mr Lewis-Ranwell will be subject to a hospital order and a restriction order.

[He was] grossly and floridly psychotic at the time. The result is the same.

He will be cared for in hospital with a restriction order and will not be allowed into the community until, in a step by step way, the agencies concerned say it is safe for him to be released.

– Mrs Justice May