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A KILLER ac­cused of “tor­tur­ing” his vic­tim’s mother by re­fus­ing to say where her body is buried could be re­leased from prison to­day.

Ian Simms ab­ducted and mur­dered He­len McCourt ( left) in 1988 but has never re­vealed what he did with the 22-year-old’s re­mains.

Her mother Marie is fac­ing an ag­o­nis­ing wait for the pa­role board’s de­ci­sion and fears she’ll never be able to bury her daugh­ter if he’s re­leased.

She de­scribed Simms as “sick” and com­pared him to Moors Mur­derer Ian Brady for deny­ing He­len a proper burial and fu­neral.

She said: “It’s the only thing, it’s the last thing I can do for my daugh­ter. No mother wants to bury their child but not to be able to do that when you know they’re gone and can’t come back – the pain is in­de­scrib­able.”

Mrs McCourt, 72, is cam­paign­ing for the law to be changed, deny­ing killers who with­hold in­for­ma­tion the chance of free­dom.

Simms, was con­victed on DNA ev­i­dence of mur­der­ing He­len in Billinge, near Wi­gan.

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