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Police question rapist over the death of Lucy
10:22am Tuesday 10th September 2013 in News
A RAPIST who drugged a young woman before subjecting her to a nine hour sex assault has been quizzed on suspicion of murder following the death of a former Colchester schoolgirl, it can be revealed.
Lloyd Phillips, the former owner of a shop that sold so-called “legal highs”, was arrested following the discovery of the body of Lucy Simms at her home in Shirley, Southampton, in June.
Lucy attended the Gilberd School and left Colchester for Southampton about five years ago.
Hampshire Police has confirmed that Phillips is the man they have quizzed and that he remains on bail as they continue to investigate how the 26-year-old died.
Lucy's body was found by police at a house on June 4. Phillips is understood to have been at the property before she was found.
At that time he was on police bail, preparing to take the stand in a retrial concerning the rape of a 22-year-old Hampshire woman whom he drugged before wheeling her unconscious into a London hotel and attacking her as she lay motionless on a bed.
The 48-year-old was also awaiting a separate trial in Southampton Crown Court accused of possessing illegal drugs with intent.
Those charges related to drugs known as “Giggle” and “Magic” which he sold over the counter at his then shop, Lucid, in the Bargate Shopping Centre – but they were actually banned class B and C substances.
Phillips has since been jailed for 11 years after being convicted of two counts of rape and four counts of serious sexual assault.
After changing his plea to guilty concerning the drugs charges last week, he was given a further 36 months on his tariff, to be served concurrently.
Supt Stuart Murray said: “We can confirm that Lloyd Phillips was arrested on June 4 in connection with the death of Lucy Simms.
“Lucy’s death remains unexplained. We are awaiting further toxicology results and our investigation is continuing.
“Although now in prison for rape, Phillips is still on bail in connection with Lucy’s death.
“Anyone with any information should call police on 101 quoting Operation Resolve. Alternative-ly they can call the anonymous Crimestoppers charity on 0800 555 111.”
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