My name is Marie McCourt – I am the mother of missing murder victim Helen McCourt who was killed in 1988 but whose body has never been found. For the last 31 years I have desperately searched for my daughter’s remains so that I can lay her to rest.
I have also spent four years campaigning for Helen’s Law – so that killers remain in prison longer until they reveal the location of their victim’s remains. The decision to launch Helen’s Law was approved by the Ministry of Justice this summer and even included in last month's Queen’s Speech in October – but, due to the General Election, has yet to be added to the statute books.
On November 21 2019 I was shocked and appalled to learn that the Parole Board had recommended the release of my daughter’s killer Ian Simms. He will walk free despite his continued refusal to reveal the location of her body.
My legal team is now studying the Parole Board’s decision and considering what avenues are open to me to stop the release; one such option is to launch a judicial review of the decision in the High Court.
I am taking a stand not just for me but for all other families in this horrendous situation. Taking this action could be expensive - and we need your help. Over half a million of us stood together to fight for Helen's law - now I’m asking you to support our legal action by donating to our fighting fund.
All money raised during this funding campaign will go towards legal costs I may incur. Any unused money will be placed into a fund to support future legal action by other families of the 'missing murdered'.Picture by Chris Neill
Simms will be freed within weeks so this may be my last chance to bring Helen home.
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