Police ‘ready to charge suspect’ over death at Michael Barrymore’s pool

Stuart Lubbock, 31, was found dead in Michael Barrymore’s pool in 2001 (Picture: PA)

Police are preparing to charge a suspect over the death of a man who was found in Michael Barrymore’s pool 20 years ago, according to reports.

Officers investigating the death are about to send a file to the Crown Prosecution Service after a man, 50, was held on suspicion of murder, the Sun reported.

Stuart Lubbock, 31, was found dead in the swimming pool of Barrymore’s £2million Essex home in 2001.

His dad, Terry, who has terminal cancer, welcomed the news, telling the paper: ‘I’ve never given up my fight for justice.’

No one has ever been charged with the death but now police sources believe they have enough evidence to take the case to court.

Police say they have carried out a ‘substantial and detailed investigation’ and will be submitting a file to the CPS for ‘their consideration and decision’, as early as this week.

Terry, who may only have days to live, said: ‘My only regret is that whatever happens I will never have the day in court to face my son’s killer.’

Stuart’s brother Kevin, 53, said: ‘This shows why my dad has never given up sighting for the justice we all deserve.’

Undated family handout file photo of Stuart Lubbock, who died at the home of entertainer Michael Barrymore 20 years ago. Detectives have arrested a 50-year-old man over the death of the 31-year-old butcher. Issue date: Wednesday June 20, 2007. PA Photo. Mr Lubbock was found floating in the outside pool at Barrymore's luxury home in Roydon on March 31, 2001. See PA story POLICE Barrymore. Photo credit should read: Famiy Handout/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.

Stuart’s family have ‘never stopped fighting for justice’ (Picture: PA)
Stuart was found dead in the pool at the £2million Essex mansion (Picture: Channel 4)

Barrymore’s career never recovered after Stuart’s death, which happened at an afterparty with revellers from a nearby club in Harlow.

Police said they would talk to Barrymore and all the other guests again after the arrest last month.

Essex Police said: ‘Following our substantial and detailed investigation, we will imminently be submitting a file to the CPS for their consideration and decision’

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