A message from Marie - Helens Mother

To lose a loved one is devastating. To lose a loved one to murder is horrific.
To be denied their funeral causes unimaginable suffering.

I am campaigning for Helen’s Law in memory of my daughter, Helen, who was murdered in February 1988 aged 23.

Her body has never been found. Her killer has been moved to an open prison. Murder convictions without a body were once rare. Now, they are common-place as killers go to ever-increasing lengths to hide the evidence of their crimes. Unable to lay their loved one to rest plunges families into a hell that never ends.

I am begging the Government to deny parole to killers until they reveal the location of their VICTIMS.

… enabling families to lay them to rest.

PLEASE SUPPORT ME.

Thank you.            

Marie McCourt

 

 

THE FIGHT FOR HELEN’S LAW – A TIME LINE

February 1988 – Helen, 23, disappears on her way home from work. Pub landlord Ian Simms charged with murder. Helen’s family begin the tortuous search for her remains… a search that goes on to this day.

Helen McCourt

February 1989 – Ian Simms found guilty of the murder of Helen McCourt. The case makes legal history as the third murder conviction without a body (since the second world war) – and the first murder conviction secured using DNA. Simms sentenced to life imprisonment with a minimum tariff of 16 years. Simms refuses to speak to police about Helen’s location.

1989 to 2015 – Simms requests for parole are turned down

December 2015 With the support of her MP Conor McGinn Marie launches campaign for Helen’s Law – for parole to be denied to killers who refuse to disclose the location of their victims’ remains. Her petition on change.org attracts 389,000 signatures

2016 : The Parole Board recommends that Simms be moved to open prison.

February 2016 The day before meeting with the Minister for Victims Mike Penning Marie discovers that Simms has been moved to an open prison.

October 2016 Marie and other affected families are present in the House of Commons to hear Conor McGinn present a Ten Minute Bill on Helen’s Law (Unlawful Killing – recovery of remains). The first reading is passed unanimously.

 

 

 

NEXT…... 

February 3rd -  2017

Conor McGinn’s bill is going to to have its second reading - we need every signature that we can get ---

Please Sign The Petition