Police are expected to indict a suspect in the death of a man at Michael Barrymore’s home 20 years ago, according to reports.
Stuart Lubbock, 31, was found dead in the swimming pool at Mr Barrymore’s £ 2million house in Essex in 2001.
Police are now ready to send a file to the prosecution “shortly” after a 50-year-old man was arrested for murder and rape, reports The Sun.
It is alleged that the file includes evidence relating to the suspected involvement of the suspect in the death of Mr Lubbock.
Her 76-year-old cancer-fighting father, Terry Lubbock, was grateful for the news, but said his only regret is that “no matter what, I’ll never have a day in court to face the murderer of my son ”.
Michael Barrymore, 68, (pictured walking his dog with a friend in March) is said to have met police after Stuart Lubbock was found dead in his swimming pool at a party at his home in Roydon, Essex
Mr Lubbock, 31, (pictured) attended a party at Barrymore’s luxury home in Roydon with eight other people when he died
Stuart’s brother Kevin, 53, said: “It shows why my dad never gave up fighting for the justice we all deserve. ”
Police reportedly said they carried out a “substantial and detailed investigation” and handed over a case to the CPS “for review and decision”.
Prosecutors may take a look at it this week before deciding what charges, if any, to lay.
A source said police believe they have enough evidence to take the case to court.
This follows revelations that Mr Barrymore, 68, spoke to police about the death and that the senior officer in the case, Chief Inspector Stephen Jennings, visited Stuart’s father.
A source said: “All Terry ever wanted was justice for his boy. It breaks his heart that he might not live to see it – but the best thing you can do is know that there are good people out there.
A 50-year-old man, who was arrested on charges of murder and indecent assault in Cheshire on March 17 after “important new information” came to light, was released under investigation last month.
Butcher Mr Lubbock, 31, had attended a party at Barrymore’s luxury home in Roydon with eight other people when he died.
Mike Browne, his former agent, said: “The police have asked us if we have anything new that may have occurred to us in the past 20 years, but we haven’t.
“We both want this resolved for the benefit of all. ”
Mike Browne said Essex Police detectives visited his home earlier – shortly after a 50-year-old man was held in Cheshire in connection with Stuart’s death.
Pictured: Michael Barrymore’s swimming pool. Police reportedly say they have conducted a “substantial and detailed investigation” and will hand over a file to the CPS “for review and decision”
Mr Lubbock, 31, had attended a party at Barrymore’s luxury home in the Essex village of Roydon with eight other people on March 31, 2001.
He told the Mirror: “They really wanted to clarify whether I was aware of anything that has come to light in the past 20 years. Of course, my honest answer was, believe me, if anything had been done, you would have been informed ”.
Stuart was found floating in Mr Barrymore’s pool, but no one has been brought to justice for causing his death.
Detectives believe Mr. Lubbock may have been abused as well.
The initial investigation was deeply flawed after officers failed to secure the crime scene and assumed Stuart had drowned.
A post-mortem examination showed that Mr Lubbock had sustained serious internal injuries which suggested he had been sexually assaulted.
Alcohol, ecstasy and cocaine were found in his bloodstream.
The coroner entered an open verdict.
The death of Stuart Lubbock shocked Britain and ended Michael Barrymore’s television career overnight. The star, who made millions as one of Britain’s biggest television personalities of the 1980s and 1990s, has always denied having played a role in her alleged murder.
He was reduced to playing Strike It Lucky live with fans on Instagram and was last seen on TV during a stint on Celebrity Big Brother in 2006.
A scheduled appearance on Dancing on Ice last year never happened after breaking his wrist and he was never asked to return.
Last year’s Channel 4 documentary on the case prompted Barrymore, 68, to issue a new denial of any wrongdoing, saying: ‘I have nothing to do with this and yet I continue to be criticized and intimidated by the media. “