The happy killer of Helen McCourt’s mother was “wiped off the face of the earth” when he died two years after his release

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The depraved Simms, 64, strangled 22-year-old Helen as she was walking home from work in 1988 but has never revealed where her body is

Helen's mother Marie McCourt has asked the family and friends of her daughter Helen's killer to help find her body after Simms died last week
Helen’s mother Marie McCourt has asked the family and friends of her daughter Helen’s killer to help find her body after Simms died last week

Helen McCourt’s mum has said she’s glad killer Ian Simms was “wiped off the face of the earth” after his death – and took the secrets of where her daughter is buried with him to his grave.

The depraved Simms, 64, strangled 22-year-old Helen as she was walking home from work in 1988 but has never revealed where her body is.

Helen’s mother Marie McCourt has asked the family and friends of her daughter Helen’s killer to help find her body after Simms died last week.

In a final insult to the victim’s family, the evil Ian Simms took the secret of where he buried the 22-year-old insurance clerk.

But Marie vowed never to give up searching for her tragic daughter.







Helen McCourt was killed by Ian Simms in 1988
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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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The 78-year-old launched her Helen’s Law campaign with the Mirror to make it harder for killers to get parole if they refuse to reveal where their victims are hiding.

Marie was informed at midday yesterday that Simms had died on Friday at the age of 66.

She said: “It is a great relief to know that this man has finally been wiped from this earth. He got what he deserved. I am hoping now that he may have spoken to someone in prison or maybe one of his friends or family who may have been too scared to come forward when he was alive will do so now.

“I’m just praying now that someone has some details on where they said they did it. It breaks my heart, not just mine, but all families who have had loved ones taken away. It’s hard to lose a child to disease, it’s worse when someone willfully takes her life.







Marie McCourt from Billinge Merseyside with her letter to Justice Secretary Robert Buckland QC MP following the announcement of Helen’s law
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“But not being able to have a little grave for them, everyone, even murderers, has the right to have a grave or something in an area where you can go and put flowers. We can’t do that.

“I can’t give up. It’s just so very, very sad that he didn’t want to reveal where he buried Helen. It’s heartbreaking.

“We must stop these killers from making victims and preventing their families from saying goodbye to them one last time.”

Former pub owner Simms killed Helen as she was walking home from work in Billinge, Merseyside. He was convicted in 1989 on DNA evidence but was released on parole in February 2020. Helen’s Law came later, meaning it was too late to get justice for Marie by imprisoning him.

The grieving mother shared how she is still searching for her daughter’s body.







Ian Simms is escorted by police during his trial for the murder of Helen McCourt
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Marie said there is a specific area in the northwest where they believe her final resting place is. It had been attached with clay found on Simms’ jeans and boots and in his car.

Marie said: “We still go out looking, not every weekend, but we have people to help us in those areas. We will probably still do that.”

Simms is believed to have collapsed in a “supervised” shelter on Friday, but no official reason has been given.







Marie McCourt and her husband John search woods in Hollins Green Cheshire for the body of their daughter Helen McCourt
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Marie, from St Helens, Merseyside, shared how she lived in fear when Simms was released from prison with a tag.

She said: “I was afraid he would sneak up here. He was not allowed to come within 50 miles of where we lived. This exclusion zone included the areas that we searched.

“But it would give me sleepless nights. I got heart palpitations when I met someone who looked like him.”

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