Send killer who tied wife to kitchen sink and dropped her in

first_imgA murderer who killed his wife, tied her body to a kitchen sink and dropped her in a reservoir should be sent back to jail, campaigners have said. Michael Bowen, 61, murdered his wife Sandie following a row in 1997. He never revealed where he had hidden her body but was convicted of murder and sentenced to life in prison in 1998. Last year her body was found at the bottom of a reservoir which had been drained, tied to a heavy ceramic sink.  Helen McCourt who was murdered by pub landlord Ian Simms 25 years ago, She said: “I just think it’s horrendous. This is why we need this law.”This man should be brought in and questioned about it and given the opportunity to admit what he did,” she said. Mr McGinn will introduce the measures as a proposed amendment to the Government’s Prisons and Courts bill, which is at the Committee stage, this week. He said: “I fail to see how someone who committed a murder and who won’t give any information to police could be released.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Helen McCourt was murdered by pub landlord Ian Simms 25 years ago. Her mother Marie McCourt is campaigning for a change in the law. Credit:PA Wentwood reservoir, where her body was foundCredit:Haakon Dewing Michael Bowen center_img Mr Bowen had already been released after serving 15 years of a life sentence. At an inquest on Monday Gwent coroner David Bowen recorded a verdict of unlawful killing.Gwent Police said that after consulting with the Crown Prosecution Service no further action would be taken against Mr Bowen. Marie McCourt, 73, who has been campaigning for a law which would prevent killers like Mr Bowen from being released, condemned the decision.  Mrs McCourt’s daughter Helen, 22, an insurance clerk, went missing in 1988 after getting off a bus in Billinge, Merseyside. Pub landlord Ian Simms was convicted of the murder in 1989, but has never revealed where he hid her body. Helen’s Law, introduced by Mrs McCourt’s MP Conor McGinn as a private member’s bill in October last year, would prevent a killer from being released on parole unless they reveal the location of the body of their victim.  Mrs McCourt’s online petition calling for the law change has more than 390,000 signatures.  Wentwood reservoir, where her body was found Michael Bowen served 15 yearsCredit:Wales News Service last_img

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