Interview with rape and murder victim Stuart Lubbock’s ex-wife Sue Homan by Shaun Attwood and Matthew Steeples goes viral on YouTube
Stuart Lubbock was brutally raped and murdered at the home of the deservedly since disgraced ‘entertainer’ Michael Barrymore on 31st March 2001.
Now, though over 20 years have passed and Mr Lubbock’s father, Terry, sadly himself died without having seen justice done in September this year, his late son’s ex-wife Sue Homan is courageously continuing to campaign for justice.
In the wake of the arrest and subsequent release without charge of a 50-year-old from Cheshire in August on the suspicion of murder and indecent assault due to there being “insufficient evidence to reach the level where there is a realistic chance of a successful prosecution,” in November, Ms Homan gave an interview to Shaun Attwood’s True Crime Channel about her take on this tragic story.
Co-hosted by Matthew Steeples of The Steeple Times, the 41:19-minute feature was uploaded to YouTube late last week and has already been viewed over 13,100 times. In it, Sue Homan shares a heartbreaking story of loss, grief and injustice and yet again reminds viewers that justice still needs to be done. Her dedication to the campaign is clearly illustrated and yet again shown here is an example of the worst kind of a miscarriage of injustice.
Following up, again today, we remind readers of the words of Essex Police:
“Nine people went to the party at Michael Barrymore’s house, but only one of them – Stuart – ended up being violently sexually assaulted and murdered.”
“We know not everyone at that party was responsible for what happened, but someone was. We also know that not everyone at that party may know what happened, but someone does.”
“We want the people who do have information to come forward and talk to us – it is never too late to do the right thing and give the Lubbock family the answers and justice they have waited so long to have.”
Pictured top (left to right) – Disgraced TV ‘personality’ Michael Barrymore, rape-murder victim Stuart Lubbock and tireless campaigner for justice for her ex-husband, Sue Homan.
Justice for Stuart Lubbock – The people who need to man-up and tell the truth about what happened at Michael Barrymore’s home on 31st March 2001
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.
Barrymore 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.”
Mike Brown – Agent of Michael Barrymore. Called to the property before emergency services arrived.
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 (sometimes spelt ‘Futers’) – 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 and is now aged 50.
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].”
In addition, others, who’ve never been identified could also have possibly been present. If they were, they should come forward or be named by those listed above.
Thank you Matthew for keeping this whole sordid affair in the news.
Let’s hope some justice is served in the near future.
please could you email me at [email protected]. i may have some information for you
You are welcome to send to [email protected]times.com and we will send on to Sue Homan for her consideration.