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Dad's fears of no justice for tragic Lucy
4:00pm Friday 4th October 2013 in News
THE dad of former Colchester schoolgirl Lucy Simms has said detectives have no idea how she died.
Miss Simms was found dead at her home in June but despite numerous toxicology samples being sent for examination, none have revealed a cause of death.
Now dad Brian Simms says he has been told he may never know how his daughter, 26 and a former Gilberd School pupil, died.
He said: “Unfortunately, it seems we will never know how she died.
“I’m told police have been able to limit her time of death to an eight-hour window, which isn’t enough to take anything forward.
“I worry because, as it stands, we haven’t had any closure from this horrible, horrible situation.
“I just don’t know where the investigation goes from here or if we will be able to get justice for Lucy.”
Last month, Hampshire Constabulary detectives took the extraordinary step in revealing they have questioned rapist Lloyd Philips in connection Miss Simms’ death.
Phillips, who had a relationship with Miss Simms, was convicted of raping a 22-year-old Hampshire woman in a nine-hour attack at a London hotel having drugged her, in December 2011.
He is now serving an 11-year sentence for rape and serious sexual assault as well as assorted drugs charges.
Philips’ Twitter profile is still active, showing a picture of him and Lucy, which Mr Simms is campaigning to have removed.
At the time of Lucy’s death, he was on police bail ahead of a retrial concerning the rape of the 22-year-old woman.
Lucy’s body was found after police were called to a house in Vinery Road, Southampton, on June 2.
Phillips is understood to have been at the property before she was discovered.
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