Michael Barrymore pool victim’s dad: I have to find the truth

Lawrence Kim
February 6, 2020

"We know not everyone at that party was responsible for what happened, but someone was", he said.

"That determination is evident from the fact that both Essex Police and the charity Crimestoppers are funding a reward of up to £20,000 in the hope that someone can give us the breakthrough that we need".

Senior Investigating Officer DCI Stephen Jennings said: "For nearly 19 years the rape and death of Stuart Lubbock has remained a mystery and his family, in particular his devoted father Terry, have longed for both answers and justice".

Detective Chief Inspector Stephen Jennings said that given the severity of Stuart Lubbock's injuries it was "likely" more than one person had been complicit. One or more of those party-goers are responsible for that serious sexual assault'.

In the early morning hours of March 31, 2001, Essex emergency services were called to report that Stuart Lubbock's body had been found in the swimming pool of Michael Barrymore's house.

The new senior investigating officer said three people previously arrested, including Barrymore, had not been "completely eliminated".

Crucially, items possibly used in the attack - such as a pool thermometer and doorhandles - vanished from the crime scene. We also know that not everyone at that party may know what happened, but someone does.

He has seen a preview of the documentary - Barrymore: The Body In The Pool, which is due be aired on Channel 4 on Thursday - and says he thinks it will help police investigating his son's death.

He tells the documentary: 'Michael Barrymore is a very, very clever man and he wants to be in the limelight and he wants to be back on television. "A lot of witnesses said it was a tragic accident so we believed them at that point".

Stuart Lubbock's body was found in a swimming pool at Michael Barrymore's home. It's very good. I think it's going to push the door open a bit more.

"It's time now, Michael".

"But the ones who were there on the night that he died must never have any peace".

Stuart Lubbock's father to Michael Barrymore: 'I think you know more about this than you have said'.

"It's time now for you to either clear your name or put your hands up to what happened, because you must know".

"Their life must be hell, and it will be hell until the day they die if they don't come forward and explain what happened".

"We want the people who do have information to come forward and talk to us".

The documentary charts the police investigation and details Barrymore's attempts to regenerate his career. The documentary tells the story of Stuart's death through interviews with journalists, forensic experts and people who knew Stuart.

At the beginning of the 90-minute programme, the 999 call reporting the incident to police is played.

The caller said: "A fella has drowned in the pool". We have got him out.

His arrest was found to be unlawful because the arresting officer did not have reasonable grounds to suspect Barrymore, a high court judge ruled.

"There's a party going on and someone has just gone out and found him".

The TV star was arrested in 2007 but never charged with any offence.

In June he dropped a compensation claim against Essex Police, and was told he was entitled to only "nominal" damages.

Speaking to on Piers Morgan's Life Stories, he declared he "couldn't be more sorry" and stated he is "100 per cent innocent".

Barrymore: The Body in the Pool is on Thursday, February 6, at 9pm on Channel 4.

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