The daddy of Stuart Lubbock, the person discovered lifeless in Michael Barrymore’s swimming pool almost 20 years in the past, has praised the TV star for retaining the case within the public eye.
Terry Lubbock spoke about his son’s loss of life as a brand new documentary, Barrymore: The Physique In The Pool, is because of air this week.
Within the Channel four programme, Detective Chief Inspector Stephen Jennings says he believes Stuart was “raped and murdered that night time” at Barrymore’s then house in Roydon, Essex, in March 2001.
After seeing a preview, Terry Lubbock, 74, says he thinks the present will assist police investigating Stuart’s loss of life, and that Barrymore has helped his struggle for justice.
“I am not properly now and I’ve seen the very best years of my life,” Mr Lubbock stated. “All I reside for is to see Stuart get justice – and I am decided that I’ll reside to see Stuart get justice.
“Michael Barrymore is a really, very intelligent man and he needs to be within the limelight and he needs to be again on tv.
“And he has helped me enormously. He is saved this within the information and I thank him for it.
“I can’t think about Stuart would nonetheless be getting all this consideration with out Michael Barrymore.”
Barrymore was arrested in reference to the loss of life in 2007, however was by no means charged with any offence.
One of many UK’s finest recognized TV stars on the time, he withdrew from public life. He was because of compete within the present collection of Dancing On Ice as a part of a comeback, however needed to pull out after struggling a damaged wrist.
The brand new programme charts the police’s investigation into Stuart’s loss of life, in addition to the makes an attempt by Barrymore to revive his public picture.
Mr Lubbock, who lives in Harlow, Essex, says he nonetheless has goals about his son.
“Stuart was 31 when he died,” he stated. “He’d be 50 now. Folks had stated to me, ‘Why do not you place this behind you? Your son has gone.’
“However how will you neglect your little one? I dream about Stuart. To me his loss of life looks like it was weeks in the past, not 19 years in the past.
“So long as I hold respiration I will not cease combating for him. And anybody who had something to do with what occurred to him had higher realise that.
“I’ve seen this documentary. It is superb. I believe it should push the door open a bit extra. I believe it should assist get justice for Stuart. I would urge everybody to look at it.”
Mr Lubbock informed the documentary that attempting to resolve the thriller of his son’s loss of life has “consumed” him.
“This factor is so huge that it smothered all the things that was good about my son Stuart. I really feel exhausted however it’s nonetheless in me to hold on,” he stated.
“How can a father dismiss the questions that have gotten to be answered about my son’s homicide?”
He added: “I hope to God that Stuart was on one other planet and that he did not really feel ache.”
Within the documentary, DCI Jennings speaks in regards to the occasion that came about the night time Stuart died.
“Anyone at that occasion is aware of what occurred,” he says.
Objects from the home, together with a pool thermometer, went lacking after the property was initially searched by police, he says.
Firstly of the 90-minute documentary, the 999 name reporting the incident to police is performed.
“A fella has drowned within the pool,” the caller says. “Now we have obtained him out. There is a occasion occurring and somebody has simply gone out and located him. I believe the geezer’s lifeless, mate.”
An open verdict was recorded on the inquest into Stuart’s loss of life in 2002.
Barrymore all the time maintained his innocence, and sued Essex Police, claiming his arrest in 2007 was wrongful and value him about £2.5m in misplaced earnings.
Courtroom of Enchantment judges concluded in December 2018 that he could be entitled to solely “nominal” damages.
Barrymore: The Physique In The Pool shall be broadcast on Channel four on Thursday.