helen’s law

Helen’s Law – the process starts to make it law

The Prisoners (Disclosure of Information about Victims) Bill will ensure that the Parole Board take into account any refusal to identify the remains of a victim by an offender convicted of murder or manslaughter. Named ‘Helen’s Law’ after Helen McCourt – murdered in 1988 – whose killer has never revealed her whereabouts. The Bill will […]

Parole Board: Refuse Justice Secretary’s application to reconsider Ian Simms’ release

Additional content added at the end Helen McCourt’s murderer is to be released from prison despite never revealing where he hid her body – one prisons expert said the Justice Secretary’s use of the reconsideration mechanism was ‘politically motivated’ ‘and the refusal of it ‘inevitable’. The Parole Board confirmed it is standing by its original decision […]

Helen McCourt’s Mother “elated” that the decision to release her killer from jail is being reviewed after the Justice Secretary intervened.

Watch a short video that explains the Reconsideration Mechanism The mother of murdered woman Helen McCourt has said she is “elated” that the decision to release her killer from jail is being reviewed after the Justice Secretary intervened. After learning of the Parole Board decision to free Ian Simms from prison, Marie McCourt called on Robert Buckland […]

What’s next for Helen’s Law after the Parole Board authorise release of Ian Simms?

The Parole Board yesterday cleared for release Ian Simms, the person convicted of Helen McCourt’s murder, without him identifying where her remains can be found. We examine ‘What’s Next’ in this pivotal case, with an update to “Helen’s Law – what happens when juries believe a liar?” You are unauthorized to view this page.