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Ex-bar boss who murdered Helen McCourt dies without revealing where he hid her body

Former pub owner Ian Simms, 64, strangled 22-year-old Helen McCourt as she was walking home from work in 1988 – but never revealed the whereabouts of her body

Helen was killed by Simms in 1988 while walking home
Helen McCourt was killed by Simms in 1988 while walking home

Helen McCourt’s evil killer has died two years after being released from prison – and is keeping her final resting place secret.

Former pub owner Ian Simms, 64, strangled 22-year-old Helen as she was walking home from work in 1988 but has never revealed the whereabouts of her body.

Simms was released in February 2020 after the parole board found him parole – but he reportedly collapsed and died suddenly over the weekend.

No official cause of death has yet been given, but the Justice Department confirmed to Der Spiegel that he had died.

Helen McCourt’s family are now faced with the reality that their last hope of finding the place where Helen’s body was taken is also gone.






Ian Simms, who kidnapped and killed Helen McCourt in 1988






Marie McCourt, mother of Helen McCourt, after testifying at a parole board hearing on the release of Ian Simms, who murdered her daughter in 1988
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A source told the Sun: “It tells you all about him that he chose never to reveal where he had hidden her body, even as his health declined.”

Simms killed Helen in Billinge, Merseyside in 1988 and was convicted of murder based on DNA fingerprinting the following year.

Helen was last seen getting off a bus near her home. A scream was later heard from the George and Dragon pub, which Simms, father of two, ran.






Helen’s mother Marie pictured with Helen and Michael

Days before the murder, he had suspended Helen after she had an argument with another client. He was heard using obscene language towards her and telling her how much he hated her.

Simms had previously made sexual advances towards Helen and it was believed that Helen had discovered he was having an affair with a 21-year-old woman.

Helen’s determined mother Marie, 77, fought for Helen’s law and in March it was passed unanimously by ministers.







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It obliges parole judges to review the secrecy of information about murderers and pedophiles, with the Justice Department saying these types of criminals “should expect to be behind bars longer”.

But Simms was released from license a month before it came into effect.

Marie went back to court to have Simms returned to his cell, but the High Court judges ruled in favor of the parole board and ordered her to pay his legal bill.

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