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    9th February 2008 sees the 20th anniversary of the disappearance of Helen McCourt,who was last seen on a bus from Liverpool to Billinge. In December 2007, it was thought human remains were found at the site of Billinge Hospital,raising hopes her body had been found, but they turned out to be pieces of plastic and polystyrene.

    Ian Simms, the landlord of her local pub, was subsequently convicted of murder based on forensic evidence which included fibres from his carpet on her coat, her earring in his car, her hair in his pocket. The motive for the murder would appear to be that she had been barred from the pub earlier in the week and had tried to get this overturned causing a violent reaction from Simms, whose wife was about to find out about his extra marital liasons.

    No body has ever been found and Simms remains in prison and has been refused parole as he refuses to say where the body is, on the basis that if he didnt commit the crime he is unable to do so. Investigative journalist Bob Woofinden, who specialises in miscarriages of justice, is convinced of Simms innocence after initially being sceptical, as he believes there are explanations that can explain the forensic links.


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    Meanwhile, a mother still yearns for the day she can give her daughter a proper burial. Is Simms a cool psycopath who simply doesnt care or does this case pass doubts on the value of relying solely on forensic evidence

    http://findarticles.com/p/articles/m...28/ai_n9630581
    http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/2499991.stm
    http://www.wigantoday.net/wigan-news...tal.3573749.jp
    http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/m...de/3101853.stm

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    Meanwhile, a mother still yearns for the day she can give her daughter a proper burial.
    Yep,and so does Kieth Bennetts.

    Plenty of murders like the one you have outlined,what makes that so special??

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    Yes we should never forget her 00smita. A very sad case and it must still be a nightmare for her relatives.

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    Awful. He may very well be innocent. Many cases are being re-opened here because of all the new ways to get undeniable evidence. Many people have been cleared of crimes they were in jail for
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    If there is a shadow of doubt it should be re-opened and looked

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    Quote Originally Posted by GeorgePorgie View Post
    Yep,and so does Kieth Bennetts.

    Plenty of murders like the one you have outlined,what makes that so special??
    This comment is so unkind. I have the deepest sympathy and the greatest respect for Mrs McCourt's courage. But I must say, as someone experienced in these matters, that forensic evidence is not ABSOLUTE proof of guilt. There have been many miscarriages of justice where it has been found seriously deficient amd where people have been wrongly convicted (e.g. Birmingham Six, Barry George). Moreover, it is hard to believe that if Sims was the killer, he would not have admitted it by now and thereby secured his release on parole.

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