An inquest will shed light on the death of Southampton mother-of-one Lucy Simms

Lucy Simms died aged 26 in June 2013

Lucy Simms died aged 26 in June 2013

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THE GRIEVING family of a young mum who were left “tormented” by the mystery surrounding her death will today hear the details of her final hours.

Mum-of-one Lucy Simms was at the centre of a complex murder investigation after she was found dead at her Southampton home, leading to the arrest of convicted rapist Lloyd Phillips.

But despite numerous tests, experts were unable to determine what caused her death, leaving her father fearing that he would never find out how his daughter died.

Daily Echo: Lucy Simms and Gary Willoughby with daughter Octavia.Lucy Simms with partner Gary Willoughby and daughter Octavia

No further action was taken against Phillips in connection with the 26-year-old’s death.

As previously reported, Lucy’s body was discovered by police who were called to her home in Vinery Road, Shirley, on the afternoon of June 4 last year, where it was understood Phillips had been before officers arrived.

At the 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 during a nine-hour ordeal.

The 48-year-old was also awaiting a separate trial at 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 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 and pleading guilty to the drugs charges.

Before he was sent to prison, and despite being quizzed over her death, Phillips had changed his Twitter profile picture to one which showed him and Lucy together.

After a post-mortem examination proved inconclusive, her family waited weeks while toxicology tests were carried out – but they failed to determine a cause of death.

Her inquest has been listed as “unascertained”, leaving it to Hampshire’s coroner in Winchester to examine the evidence today to try to conclude what caused her death.

Speaking after his daughter’s death, Brian Simms 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.”

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6:32am Wed 6 Aug 14

Huey says...

Well it all sounds very seedy and sleazy.
Well it all sounds very seedy and sleazy. Huey
  • Score: 2

7:54am Wed 6 Aug 14

havemercy says...

Huey wrote:
Well it all sounds very seedy and sleazy.
Was it really necessary to say that? A young woman has died - her family might be reading this report and your comment ........ some people .......
[quote][p][bold]Huey[/bold] wrote: Well it all sounds very seedy and sleazy.[/p][/quote]Was it really necessary to say that? A young woman has died - her family might be reading this report and your comment ........ some people ....... havemercy
  • Score: 35

8:38am Wed 6 Aug 14

Outside of the Box says...

Huey wrote:
Well it all sounds very seedy and sleazy.
You could have chosen your words more carefully, the only seedy and sleazy person in the whole report is convicted rapist Lloyd Phillips.
[quote][p][bold]Huey[/bold] wrote: Well it all sounds very seedy and sleazy.[/p][/quote]You could have chosen your words more carefully, the only seedy and sleazy person in the whole report is convicted rapist Lloyd Phillips. Outside of the Box
  • Score: -8

10:34am Wed 6 Aug 14

excusemoi says...

Condolences to the family. And i hope the little girl is safe.
Condolences to the family. And i hope the little girl is safe. excusemoi
  • Score: 8

12:28pm Wed 6 Aug 14

sparkster says...

I agree 0utside of the Box some people have no tact at all, the only sleazy element is the rapist
I agree 0utside of the Box some people have no tact at all, the only sleazy element is the rapist sparkster
  • Score: 4

1:06pm Wed 6 Aug 14

Lilybert says...

The important thing to take from this is that a man under investigation for a rape charge was allowed to continue his daily life wearing a 'tag' whilst that was going on. Theres 'innocent until proven guilty' and then theres allowing sexual predator to remain a risk to society.
The important thing to take from this is that a man under investigation for a rape charge was allowed to continue his daily life wearing a 'tag' whilst that was going on. Theres 'innocent until proven guilty' and then theres allowing sexual predator to remain a risk to society. Lilybert
  • Score: 6

1:21pm Wed 6 Aug 14

rudolph_hucker says...

Outside of the Box wrote:
Huey wrote: Well it all sounds very seedy and sleazy.
You could have chosen your words more carefully, the only seedy and sleazy person in the whole report is convicted rapist Lloyd Phillips.
"A YOUNG mum who died after taking a fatal amount of a so called "legal high" had been experimenting for months with various drugs in a bid to find the "perfect buzz", an inquest heard."
***
Dunno what kind of lifestyle you live but that sounds pretty seedy and sleazy to me...
[quote][p][bold]Outside of the Box[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Huey[/bold] wrote: Well it all sounds very seedy and sleazy.[/p][/quote]You could have chosen your words more carefully, the only seedy and sleazy person in the whole report is convicted rapist Lloyd Phillips.[/p][/quote]"A YOUNG mum who died after taking a fatal amount of a so called "legal high" had been experimenting for months with various drugs in a bid to find the "perfect buzz", an inquest heard." *** Dunno what kind of lifestyle you live but that sounds pretty seedy and sleazy to me... rudolph_hucker
  • Score: 3

1:50pm Wed 6 Aug 14

KayleighJade says...

Why wasn't motherhood enough of a reason to enjoy life. Some people don't deserve children if this is their lifestyle..That poor kid.
Why wasn't motherhood enough of a reason to enjoy life. Some people don't deserve children if this is their lifestyle..That poor kid. KayleighJade
  • Score: 1

2:00pm Wed 6 Aug 14

dee1306 says...

No were does it say anything about lucy doing drugs..people need to get there facts straight,a beautiful young mum with a beautiful child,was taken away by a vile disgusting monster...lucy is in no way sleezy and the pain of her family and friends is very much real..so show some respect or keep it to yourself
No were does it say anything about lucy doing drugs..people need to get there facts straight,a beautiful young mum with a beautiful child,was taken away by a vile disgusting monster...lucy is in no way sleezy and the pain of her family and friends is very much real..so show some respect or keep it to yourself dee1306
  • Score: -4

2:10pm Wed 6 Aug 14

KayleighJade says...

dee1306 wrote:
No were does it say anything about lucy doing drugs..people need to get there facts straight,a beautiful young mum with a beautiful child,was taken away by a vile disgusting monster...lucy is in no way sleezy and the pain of her family and friends is very much real..so show some respect or keep it to yourself
Maybe you should read the new article that's been released about her. You're going to feel a bit silly after that.

"A YOUNG mum who died after taking a fatal amount of a so called "legal high" had been experimenting for months with various drugs in a bid to find the "perfect buzz", an inquest heard.

Hampshire's Coroner Court heard how Lucy Simms had a "diary" which methodically recorded numerous experiments with drugs and how they affected her."
[quote][p][bold]dee1306[/bold] wrote: No were does it say anything about lucy doing drugs..people need to get there facts straight,a beautiful young mum with a beautiful child,was taken away by a vile disgusting monster...lucy is in no way sleezy and the pain of her family and friends is very much real..so show some respect or keep it to yourself[/p][/quote]Maybe you should read the new article that's been released about her. You're going to feel a bit silly after that. "A YOUNG mum who died after taking a fatal amount of a so called "legal high" had been experimenting for months with various drugs in a bid to find the "perfect buzz", an inquest heard. Hampshire's Coroner Court heard how Lucy Simms had a "diary" which methodically recorded numerous experiments with drugs and how they affected her." KayleighJade
  • Score: 5

2:17pm Wed 6 Aug 14

rudolph_hucker says...

dee1306 wrote:
No were does it say anything about lucy doing drugs..people need to get there facts straight,a beautiful young mum with a beautiful child,was taken away by a vile disgusting monster...lucy is in no way sleezy and the pain of her family and friends is very much real..so show some respect or keep it to yourself
So you haven't read the main story then?
The one entitled:
"Southampton mum Lucy Simms had been experimenting with drugs for months an inquest heard"
Read it, then come back and tell us what you think now that you have YOUR facts straight.
She has no one to blame but herself. Her child will be now be motherless.
[quote][p][bold]dee1306[/bold] wrote: No were does it say anything about lucy doing drugs..people need to get there facts straight,a beautiful young mum with a beautiful child,was taken away by a vile disgusting monster...lucy is in no way sleezy and the pain of her family and friends is very much real..so show some respect or keep it to yourself[/p][/quote]So you haven't read the main story then? The one entitled: "Southampton mum Lucy Simms had been experimenting with drugs for months an inquest heard" Read it, then come back and tell us what you think now that you have YOUR facts straight. She has no one to blame but herself. Her child will be now be motherless. rudolph_hucker
  • Score: 7

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