Stuart Lubbock’s dad demands new inquest into son's death

Stuart Lubbock’s dad has demanded a new inquest into his son’s death, nearly 20 years after he died.

The 31-year-old’s body was discovered in the pool of Michael Barrymore’s Essex home in 2001, with the TV presenter maintaining his innocence ever since.

As it stands, there have been no charges made, with a Channel 4 documentary exploring his death in last February.

Terry Lubbock has now called for another look at the case, after an Essex police detective stated their beliefs that Stuart had been ‘raped and murdered’ on the night in question.

‘The police have said that they think somebody raped and killed my son. I’d like to hear them tell an inquest jury why they think that,’ Sky News states he said.

‘I’d also like to see the people who were at the party questioned again at an inquest.’

‘I want justice for my son,’ he continued. ‘That’s all I live for now, and as long as I live I’ll keep fighting for Stuart.

‘The police investigation hasn’t produced the answers I’d hoped for, so my focus now is on getting a new inquest.’

Stuart was found dead in Michael’s pool on March 31, 2001, but no partygoers have come forward in that time.

Michael was arrested in connection with the death six years later, but was released without charge.

A high court judge later ruled that his arrest was unlawful, stating that there was not reasonable ground to suspect the star.

Following the documentary, Michael appeared on Good Morning Britain to thank those who had stuck by him during a tough few years – and blasted viewers who trolled him on social media.

‘The only reason I got through the last 19 years is because of the massive support out there from fans and my close mates and my fans are my mates,’ he told Piers Morgan and Susanna Reid last March. 

‘We’ve had this relationship for years; they grew up with me and they know me, and they know I’m not a wrong’un.’

‘How many times am I supposed to be kicked? How many times am I supposed to take it?,’ he continued.

‘I’m not looking for sympathy. I’ve been through it. I’m a big boy and I am going to hold my head up.’

The investigation has remained open, with no new information.

Upon the release of the Channel 4 special, titled Barrymore: The Body In The Pool, police officers have asked those who may know anything to come forward.

‘On 31 March 2001 nine people attended a party at Michael Barrymore’s house. One of them, Stuart, ended up being violently sexually assaulted at that party,’ they said. 

‘Someone at the party was responsible for what happened. Someone knows that happened. Other people arrived at the scene in the houses after Stuart’s death. 

‘Individuals at the party might have told others what happened. 

‘We would urge people who do have information to come forward. 19 years is a long time, loyalties change and it’s never too late to do the right thing.’

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