Helen McCourt’s murderer Ian Simms WILL be released despite refusing to reveal where he dumped 22-year-old's body
HELEN McCourt's murderer Ian Simms will be released from prison despite still refusing to reveal where the 22-year-old's body is.
The Parole Board rejected the Government’s appeal to keep him behind bars, a spokesman confirmed today.
Helen was snatched and brutally murdered by evil pub landlord Simms, now 63, as she walked home from her work as an insurance clerk in Liverpool in 1988.
Simms has always maintained his innocence over her death but was convicted amid overwhelming DNA evidence.
Helen's mum, Marie McCourt, slammed the decision, three decades after her 22-year-old daughter went missing.
Speaking about the Parole Board's decision to release him earlier this year, Ms McCourt said: "I'm just in a state of shock to be honest.
"I got a call this morning and was told he was being released. I was just in shock. Well, I'm still trying to deal with it.
"I'm horrified by it, I'm horrified by it. This man is a danger, you know.
"I just wonder if some of these people who feel that they're safe to be released… it's OK for them, they are not going to live by them.
"But the people in the area, they will have to put up with that."
Last year the parole board said Simms was deemed suitable for release due to factors including the "considerable change in his behaviour".
During a parole board hearing, Ms McCourt's family called on Simms to end the "torture" and reveal once and for all where he hid her body, but he has failed to do so.
Ms McCourt added: "If Helen's Law had have been on the statute books right now those judges would have to really make sure that their decision to release him that he would be safe.
"They would have to go into that, they would have to obey that law and it hasn't happened it's not on the statute book yet."
He will have to wear a tagging device to monitor his whereabouts, observe a curfew and avoid any contact with the family of his victim.
A Parole Board spokesman said: "The Parole Board has decided that the original decision to release Ian Simms should stand, after considering a reconsideration application from the Secretary of State.
"Whilst the Parole Board has every sympathy with Helen McCourt's family, if the board is satisfied that imprisonment is no longer necessary for the protection of the public, they are legally obliged to direct release."
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