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Michael Barrymore’s ex boasts about having ‘good time’ at pool party where Stuart Lubbock was ‘raped and murdered’

MICHAEL Barrymore’s ex-lover has spoken about the night Stuart Lubbock was allegedly raped and murdered, telling pals: “We all had a really good time”,

Coach driver Jonathan Kenney, 49, still discusses being Barrymore’s former lover despite now being wed to business partner Tony Herring.

A pal said that when asked about the night of 31-year-old Stuart’s death at Barrymore’s mansion in 2001, Kenney gives a stock answer.

The pal said: “I’ve been out with John and Tony before and when John’s had a drink he does talk about what happened.

“He always says the same thing — ‘we all had a really good time’. But I have no idea what he means.”

Ex-TV host Barrymore, 67, and seven other suspects have always denied involvement, maintaining Stuart was drunk and high and drowned accidentally in the pool.

Barrymore’s high-profile career collapsed after the tragedy at his £2million home in Roydon, Essex.

The ongoing probe into meatpacker Stuart’s death has gathered momentum ahead of Thursday night's Channel 4 documentary Barrymore: The Body in the Pool.


The show will feature the 999 call reporting the death, which has been released for the first time.

A man is heard saying: “A fella has drowned in the pool. We have got them out. There’s a party going on and someone has just gone out and found him.”

He goes on: “I tell you what mate, the first time I’ve been out in four f****** years, I have me kids every weekend, and f****** hell.

“I think the geezer’s dead mate,” he adds.

The Sun’s efforts to contact Mr Herring have been ignored. His family refused to comment.

Meanwhile, Essex Police’s Det Chief Insp Stephen Jennings has welcomed The Sun’s decision to double the reward for information over Stuart’s death to £40,000.

He said: “It’s never too late to do the right thing.”

Police state Barrymore and his seven pool party guests are all suspects in the rape and murder of Stuart Lubbock