I am delighted that MPs have given early support for “Helen’s Law’ which the mum of murder victim Helen McCourt has long campaigned for.
This would deny killers parole if they will not reveal where their victims’ remains are and while these cases are in the minority of murder cases it is a really important issue.
Helen’s mum, Marie McCourt, from St Helens, Merseyside, has never been able to find peace in her heart since her 22-year-old daughter was murdered by pub licensee Ian Simms.
He is still behind bars having been jailed for life in 1988 and still will not reveal where Helen’s remains lie but could be released on parole.
Marie’s life has effectively been on hold since the day her daughter vanished and I am so pleased that her petition for the law to be changed has reached the Commons.
Hats off to her local MP Conor McGinn who is pursuing the matter on behalf of all such bereaved families with the proposed Unlawful Killing (Recovery of Remains) Bill.
Paul Nuttall MEP