Today, I supported Conor McGinn MPs Ten Minute Rule Bill. This Bill, which came under the formal title of Unlawful Killing (Recovery of Remain) Bill, is being introduced following the tragedy that befell Marie McCourt whose daughter, Helen, was murdered and the murderer has refused to tell the police where her remains are.
Marie’s daughter Helen was murdered at the age of just 22 by Ian Simms in February 1988, as she travelled home from work in the village of Billinge. In a landmark conviction, he was found guilty of murder based on overwhelming DNA evidence, even though Helen’s body was not found. For almost three decades, Marie has been tormented because he refuses to reveal what happened to her daughter’s body. Despite this brutal act of callousness and lack of remorse, he could soon be released from jail. Killers who inflict this kind of suffering on their victims’ families should not be released on parole. That goes to the heart of the Bill introduced today. Read more “Helen’s Law”