Daily Mail

He­len’s killer to keep free­dom

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A MOTHER whose daugh­ter’s killer was freed de­spite re­fus­ing to re­veal where her body is buried has lost a legal bid to have him sent back to jail.

Ian Simms, 64, mur­dered He­len Mc­Court, pic­tured, as the 22year-old walked home from work in Billinge, Merseyside 32 years ago. The for­mer pub land­lord has al­ways re­fused to ad­mit his guilt or dis­close where he hid her.

He was re­leased on li­cence last year de­spite a cam­paign by her mother, Marie, 77, to cre­ate ‘He­len’s Law’, mak­ing it more dif­fi­cult for killers who refuse to re­veal the lo­ca­tion of vic­tims to ever be freed. In July, Mrs Mc­Court launched a ju­di­cial re­view at the High Court, claim­ing the Pa­role Board’s de­ci­sion to re­lease Simms was wrong.

But in a judg­ment de­liv­ered yes­ter­day, judges ruled against Mrs Mc­Court, re­fus­ing her per­mis­sion to chal­lenge the Pa­role Board’s de­ci­sion. They said the Board had ‘adopted a care­ful and bal­anced ap­proach’ when con­sid­er­ing Simms for re­lease.

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