Friday, February 23, 2024

Hero of the Hour 2021 – Terry Lubbock

The late Terry Lubbock deserves to be remembered and recognised for his campaign for justice for his raped and murdered son Stuart

Terry Lubbock, whom tragically died on Wednesday after a long battle with terminal cancer, was a fearless campaigner, but also a man cheated of justice in the case of the rape and murder of his son, Stuart, at the then home of Michael Barrymore on 31st March 2001.


Stuart Lubbock and Sue Homan
Stuart Lubbock, a victim of an unsolved to this day rape and murder at the bungalow home of Michael Barrymore, on the day of his marriage to Sue Homan.
Michael Barrymore offensive tweet
Michael Barrymore took to Twitter just hours after the death of the father of the victim of murder and rape at his then home, 4 Beaumont Park Drive, Roydon, Harlow, Essex, CM19 5HB, finally succumbed to his battle with terminal cancer. His tweet was quite rightly condemned, yet calls for him to say something appropriate instead were completely ignored by him.

Speaking of the late 76-year-old to the Mirror, Mr Lubbock’s friend and publicist Harry Cichy remarked:


“You don’t come across many people like Terry Lubbock. His tenacity and determination were incredible. He looked like a mild-mannered man, but he had the heart of a lion.”


“I knew him for 16 years. He thought about Stuart every waking hour, seven days a week.”


“He’s died sad, because he’s died knowing people never knew the truth about what happened. But no-one could have fought harder for their son.”


“A new inquest was what really mattered to him. He had lost faith in the police. Sadly, he’s died not knowing whether there will be another inquest.”


Meanwhile elsewhere, just hours after Mr Lubbock’s passing was announced, the one-time associate of the paedophile Sir Jimmy Savile and long since disgraced entertainer Michael Barrymore took to Twitter. Callously and piling further misery on the Lubbock family, he announced: “Do what you want in life. X.”


Today, in memory of both Stuart and Terry Lubbock, we again say shame on him and call on this reprehensible individual and the others present on that fateful night to do the right thing: Attend Essex Police and finally tell the truth.


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.


Matthew Steeples
Matthew Steeples
A graduate of the London School of Economics, Matthew Steeples is a writer and marketing consultant. He conceived The Steeple Times as a media arena to fill the void between the Mail Online, The Huffington Post and such organs as the New York Social Diary in 2012.


  1. Utmost respect to Terry for the devotion to his son, and his determination to get answers. Kudos also to Matthew Steeples for keeping this story going. I hope that Terry knew that there are people out there who continue to want justice for Stuart.
    My views on Barrymore and the other guests are well-known. They have all either lied or maintained a wall of silence about what happened that night, and should therefore be in jail.

  2. Very sad that Terry did not see justice for his son before passing, the man was a legend the way he pursued this.
    Barrymore has probably had a massive sigh of relief with Terry’s passing, and is now thinking this is the end of it. He should be utterly ashamed of himself for what he and his perverted friends have put Terry’s family through. To think he can tweet some stupid message only hours after Terry passing is disgusting, considering he never had the decency, or the balls to even speak to the man.
    I really don’t understand how the police can just give up on this case, it’s without question that somebody there that night killed Stuart, and most definitely some of the others present know what happened, Like I have mentioned before, they should all be charged with aiding and abetting manslaughter, I’m sure this would get some of them talking.
    Well done Matthew for keeping this crime in the spotlight, and let’s hope we see Barrymore brought to justice, even though Terry will never see it.

  3. It is scandalous that this case appears to have been covered up and Barrymore allowed to side step his culpability.

    Whatever happened to JOINT ENTERPRISE?


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