Entertainer Michael Barrymore ought to get substantial damages for being wrongfully arrested in 2007, his lawyer has informed the Excessive Court docket.
The previous TV presenter is suing Essex Police, saying his arrest over Stuart Lubbock’s demise destroyed his profession.
Police admitted the arrest was illegal because the officer concerned had not been absolutely briefed, however argued Mr Barrymore may have been lawfully detained by one other officer as an alternative.
The 65 12 months outdated is suing for £2.5m.
Mr Lubbock’s physique was discovered floating within the swimming pool on the entertainer’s dwelling in Roydon, close to Harlow, in 2001.
Put up-mortem assessments discovered the 31-year-old butcher had suffered extreme inner accidents indicating sexual assault, and his bloodstream contained ecstasy, cocaine and alcohol.
Six years later, Mr Barrymore and two different males have been arrested after new proof emerged, police stated. They have been later launched with out cost.
Mr Barrymore was at London’s Excessive Court docket to listen to his counsel, Hugh Tomlinson QC, say his shopper had “made it clear he didn’t kill or assault Mr Lubbock”.
Mr Tomlindon stated: “Though he was arrested, he was by no means charged with any offence and the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) subsequently made it crystal clear there was no foundation for any expenses.
“Our case is that when hypothesis, hearsay and conjecture are put to at least one aspect, it’s clear there isn’t any proof in opposition to the claimant in relation to any offence regarding Mr Lubbock.”
He added: “This arrest was made with none correct evidential basis.
“Nonetheless, the truth that it had occurred, and the worldwide publicity it acquired, destroyed the claimant’s profession.”
The listening to continues.