It’s NOT Hilarious

As Michael Barrymore is branded “hilarious” and a “novelty” as he makes his TV comeback, we suggest there is no “comic impact” about this at all; what is required instead is justice for the late Stuart Lubbock

Heterosexual and known as “a bit of a womaniser,” 31-year-old meat packing worker Stuart Lubbock died on the 31st March 2001 in the most horrific of circumstances in Roydon, Essex. He had suffered “severe internal injuries” caused by a “fist or hard object” being “forcibly inserted into his anus” at the home of the television personality Michael Barrymore and was found dead next to the ‘entertainer’s’ swimming pool at around 5.45am. Neighbours had reported screaming at 5am but no call was made to emergency services until 5.45am.



A jury reached an open verdict over the death of Stuart Lubbock in 2002. He was just 31 when he died.
The Roydon, Essex bungalow owned by Michael Barrymore where Mr Lubbock met his tragic and gruesome end.
Stuart Lubbock’s father, Terry Lubbock, has campaigned for justice and has repeatedly called for Michael Barrymore to face him on television to discuss what really happened on the 31st March 2001.


As well as Barrymore and Lubbock, at least seven others were present at the “drugs and booze party” in the early hours of that March morning, but the individual that inflicted the “extremely violent non-consensual sexual assault, most likely rape” on this divorced father of two has disgracefully never been brought to justice.


Likely the result of a “rape so severe it could have killed him alone” and not at all likely the result of drowning, Lubbock’s death remains an unsolved crime 18 years later. Meanwhile Michael Barrymore is now seeking to revive his career and of it yesterday, The Scottish Sun reported:


ENTERTAINER Michael Barrymore is to make his TV comeback on Dancing On Ice.


Bosses reportedly feel he will have the same “comic impact” as last year’s novelty contestant Gemma Collins and will “be hilarious on the ice”.


No pressure, Michael.



That ‘The Scottish Sun’ make light of Michael Barrymore’s “comeback” is utterly reprehensible.


That Barrymore is someone who can be thought of as “hilarious” and having “comic impact” is utterly preposterous and that he was also supposedly paid £60,000 for an interview with Piers Morgan (according to Terry Lubbock, Stuart Lubbock’s father) in June 2019 is both highly distasteful and inappropriate.



We join Terry Lubbock in calling for justice for Stuart Lubbock and suggest at least one of the eight others present at the home of Michael Barrymore on 31st March 2001 must actually know how his death was actually brought about. They are:



Michael Parker (AKA Michael Barrymore) – Allegedly loudly said: “I need a f**k” in a taxi as he left the Millennium Nightclub to return to his home, the scene of the death of Stuart Lubbock. Barrymore later lied to a coroner’s court about facilitating drug taking at his house on the night in question also. He claimed to have been first to have discovered the body of Stuart Lubbock at 5.45am, called his manager Mike Brown before the ambulance arrived and  then left the premises. He admits that was “wrong” and also bizarrely told Piers Morgan that in spite of “knowing others were hiding secrets about what happened to Mr. Lubbock” that “I am not going to say their names. I just hope they are brave enough to come forward one day.”



Kelly Campbell – Had met Michael Barrymore for the first time on the night of the incident. Claimed not to have been aware of what happened.




James Futters – A paper boy turned chef. Described as “a local from the village” and a “friend and neighbour of Barrymore.” Claimed to have been the first to discover the body with Simon Shaw and stated: “[It was not] Michael Barrymore and not Jonathan Kenney [who found him].” Later, of him the Evening Standard reported: “Barrymore offered James Futters a white powder on his finger saying: “Do you want to try this?” Mr Futters told the inquest that he leaned forward and licked the powder.”



Claire Jones – Then aged 17. Had met Michael Barrymore for the first time on the night of the incident. Claimed not to have been aware of what happened but told the police that she “saw Barrymore rummaging through drawers and changing his clothes before police arrived. When he left the house he had a ‘bundle of material’ under his arm,” according to the Evening Standard. “She added: ‘Jonathan (Kenney) was rushing through the bungalow before the ambulance and police arrived. I got the impression he was hiding something.’”



Jonathan Kenney – Estate agent, drag queen and Michael Barrymore’s then lover; later arrested on suspicion of murder but never charged; known for having a “record of violence.” Claimed to have been the first to have discovered the body.



Justin Merritt – A dustman from Essex. Later arrested on suspicion of murder but never charged. Later paid £30,000 by the News of the World for an interview in which he stated Barrymore had “rubbed cocaine on Stuart Lubbock’s lips shortly before he died.”



Kylie Merritt – Sister of Justin Merritt. She also alleged Barrymore “rubbed cocaine on Stuart Lubbock’s lips shortly before he died” (curiously in the wake of her brother selling his account of the night).



Simon Shaw – Described as “a local from the village.” Michael Barrymore supposedly “ran off” to Mr. Shaw’s house to “buy himself thinking time [for two hours] before he was questioned by the police [at 7.49am].”



Aside from police incompetence and missing evidence – including a pool thermometer and door handle that had been by the pool – in this case, two witnesses were allegedly “paid off” not to give evidence against Barrymore. What this “wall of silence,” as the coroner Caroline Beasley-Murray referred to it, hides may never be known but it is time each and every one of these people told the truth about what they know about the death of Stuart Lubbock. It is time that justice was finally served.


Follow Terry Lubbock and his campaign to get justice for his son on Twitter at @Terryrlubbock.


Pictured top: Michael Barrymore and helmet haired horror and convicted drunken racist Marie Claire, Baroness von Alvensleben rolling around on the floor at a charity event in 2000..


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  1. Solidarity with Terry Lubbock. I make no presumptions as to who exactly is responsible for his son’s death, but I’ve always thought of Barrymore as an untrustworthy, manipulative creep – an opinion that has only been reinforced whenever he turns up on reality shows.

    I recall one show in particular (Come Dine With Me) where he stole Anthea Redfern’s coat from her home and then presented it to Jenny Powell as a gift the following evening, pretending that it had once belonged to his late ex-wife, Cheryl.

    Sick creep. And shame on any show that tries to facilitate a comeback for this sorry excuse for a human being.

  2. A horrible bunch of people whatever happened. Some of them sold stories, some of them lied and some of them are now making money out of reviving their careers in spite of not having been wholeheartedly honest. This makes my stomach turn.

  3. This not only makes me sick, but also mad as hell. How Barrymore has never been brought to justice over this, is beyond me. There would have been tons of evidence even after Barrymore did a spring clean before the police arrived. He should have at least, been charged for facilitating the drugs at his house. Clair Jones, one of the guests there, said she saw Barrymore rummaging through drawers and changing his clothes before the cops arrived. He also left the house with a bundle of material under his arm, probably the clothes he was wearing during the party, and no doubt crucial evidence. I think the case needs to be reopened, and every guest that was at that party needs to be questioned by the police, one of them is guilty, and as Barrymore was the only known homosexual there, there are no prizes for guessing who. After finding the body, why would Barrymore call his manager before the police? Obviously he was thinking of himself before anything else. Stuart Lubbock was obviously raped after taking drugs, and going by the description of his injuries, it was done by some sexual deviant. He would then have fallen or been dumped in the pool, that’s how the coroner recorded death by drowning.
    Terry Lubbock must feel absolutely sick when he sees this pervert making a television comeback and being thought of as hilarious, where is the justice for his son?

    • Barrymore was not the only homosexual present. As per the article, there was Jonathan Kenney – Estate agent, drag queen and Michael Barrymore’s then lover; later arrested on suspicion of murder but never charged; known for having a “record of violence.” Claimed to have been the first to have discovered the body.

  4. I really didn’t want reminding what an odious has been Barrymore is.
    My turds have more hilarity and novelty value than he ever had even at his career peak. Well done for highlighting this and continuing to fight for justice

  5. Mathew
    I would like you to keep this story alive. I feel like many others, justice needs to be served. We shouldn’t be making tv stars out of perverts who think they can pervert the course of justice and get away with it.

  6. Drugs, sex and rock and roll, i think he was gang banged firstly in the bedroom in a headlock with barrymore and a hairbrush inserted with lots of poppers. after he had taken a swim. then he went into the jacuzzi the dustbin man and the estate agent shoved they shoved the thermometer and door handle up his arse and he passed out in the hot jacuzzi, death by misadventure. The two of them got barrymore to turn the lights to the pool off and get his boxershorts from barrymores bedroom to but on the body they then placed the body in the pool, the girls saw the lights were out in the pool area and could hear commotion and atmosphere change ran outside and screamed. Barrymore panicked showered changed his clothes bundled them off to a friends house paid them lots of money to keep shut and dispose of evidence. all of them are involved in this.

  7. Ooo – feels like things are crumbling.. We are living in ‘interesting times’.. Thank you for your facts & commentary.


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