Mrs McCourt would like to see a change in the law to prevent murderers being freed from prison if they have not revealed where the body is hidden. To that end she is campaigning for ‘Helen’s Law’ which would mean he, and others, who keep the ‘grave’ of their victims hidden from the World, would remain in jail.
A petition has been launched to demand the law is changed-you can sign "Introduce ‘Helen’s Law': where hiding a body, preventing a burial and obstructing a coroner become criminal offences - with ‘whole life’ tariffs" here.
In August 2012 Winnie Johnson, the mother of one of Moors Murderer Ian Brady’s victims died.
She had campaigned for more than 48 years to find out where her son was buried but died without ever being able to lay her child’s remains to rest. Her son Keith Bennett was just 12-years-old when he was murdered.
Ian Brady and Myra Hindley were jailed for life for the murder of a number of children. Hindley died in hospital though still officially a prisoner in 2002 aged 60. In October 2015 there were reports that Brady is close to death but either way he will die incarcerated.
But Ian Simms, the killer of Helen McCourt could be a free man perhaps licensed on parole next year.
For Helen’s mother Marie there is no parole or early release. The fact she has no idea where her daughter’s body lies and is unable to lay her to rest adds to her torture.
In April 2015 as Simms began his push for freedom Mrs McCourt told the Liverpool Echo after reading a statement at Simms’s parole hearing that morning:
“I want them to realise the crime of taking my daughter’s life is made far worse by the further crime of not disclosing where her remains can be recovered. Mrs McCourt said: “It’s like I’ve had an open wound for all this time that just can’t heal. The process of grieving can’t take place properly.”
Tuesday "A Ministry of Justice spokesman said the independent parole board would “take into account” the killer’s co-operation in finding her body at a hearing in January."
Mrs McCourt believes killers should remain in jail if they will not reveal the location of their victims and who could disagree? Not me.
Update: Supporting Mrs McCourt in her call for Helen's law "'My mum’s killer should have stayed in prison till he told us where her body is'" Daily Mirror