Michael Barrymore to get damages over rape and murder arrest

Michael Barrymore to get damages over rape and murder arrest
National News
Posted on 18 Aug 2017

Former TV presenter Michael Barrymore is set to get ‘more than nominal damages’ following claims he was wrongly arrested by police and as a result, destroying his career.

65-year-old Barrymore was detained ten years ago on suspicion of the rape and murder of Stuart Lubbock, who was found dead in Barrymore’s swimming pool.

Barrymore values his claim at more than £2.4m and Essex Police have admitted his arrest was unlawful, but a figure for the damages paid has yet to be set.

Lubbock’s body was found in the swimming pool of Michael Barrymore’s Essex mansion in 2001 and he was arrested six years later in connection with the death.

The BBC reports that: ‘Mr Justice Stuart-Smith, sitting in London on Friday, ruled against the force, which had argued Mr Barrymore should only receive a nominal payout.

‘The judge did not decide on the sum to be awarded, as his ruling dealt only with the preliminary issue of the level of damages to be awarded to Mr Barrymore, who brought the action in his real name, Michael Ciaran Parker.’

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