STUART Lubbock’s ex- wife spoke yesterday of her hope at finally finding out the truth about the night he died.
Sue Homan, 47, said she prayed there would be answers for Stuart’s cancer-hit dad Terry, 76, who has months to live.
Butcher Stuart was found dead in the pool at Michael Barrymore’s Essex mansion in 2001. He had been sexually assaulted.
Police plan to speak to all the other eight revellers, including Mr Barrymore, following the arrest of a suspect.
Sue, from Harlow in Essex, said: “Stuart’s mum and nan have passed away, while Stuart’s dad is seriously ill.
“It’s breaking my heart to see how Terry is — not knowing what happened.”
She went on: “Stuart was a loving father, brother and son.
"The police say he was raped and murdered with the killer still at large.
“You cannot move on with your life until you know the truth.
“However, finally there is light at the end of the tunnel. We’re hopeful of getting justice for Stuart.”
A man, 50, arrested in Cheshire on Wednesday on suspicion of indecent assault and murder has been bailed by police until next month.
20-YEAR TIMELINE OF EVENTS
MARCH 31, 2001: Stuart Lubbock is found dead in a pool at Michael Barrymore’s then-home in Roydon, Essex.
APRIL 2001: A post-mortem concludes cause of death was drowning. Pathologists find traces of cocaine, ecstasy and alcohol in Mr Lubbock’s system.
JUNE 2001: Barrymore quizzed a number of times and spends a night in police custody after being arrested on drugs allegations arising from the inquiry.
SEPTEMBER 2002: Coroner records an open verdict on the death of Mr Lubbock.
NOVEMBER 2002: Barrymore’s lawyers successfully demand Essex Police re-investigate matters surrounding Mr Lubbock’s death.
JANUARY 2006: Barrymore makes a high-profile return to the UK and attempts to relaunch his career after coming second in Celebrity Big Brother.
DECEMBER 2006: Police announce they will reopen the investigation after Barrymore claims there were other witnesses to the events of the night.
JUNE 2007: Barrymore arrested on suspicion of serious sexual assault and murder. He has always denied any involvement in the death.
SEPTEMBER 2007: Barrymore answers bail and police question him further. He and two other men are later released without charge.
JULY 2015: Barrymore sues Essex police as 2007 arrest “damaged his career”.
AUGUST 2017: High Court finds in favour of Barrymore over technicalities of arrest — but only nominal damages were awarded to the TV star.
FEBRUARY 2020: Essex Police receive a string of new leads following Barrymore documentary and The Sun doubling award to £40,000.
MARCH 2021: Police arrest a man, 50, in Cheshire, on suspicion of indecent assault and murder of Mr Lubbock.
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