Son of Lockerbie bomb 'orphan' who inherited £18m compo after family killed in attack would 'swap fortune to have dad' back

Luke Nesfield, 21, is the sole beneficiary of a compensation trust fund his father – the 'orphan of Lockerbie' – received after his family was killed in the disaster in December 1988.

Brothers Steven and David Flannigan became known as the orphans of Lockerbie after their family home was obliterated by the wreckage of the aircraft, killing their parents and sister.

They were awarded around £2.1million in compensation from Pan Am and a posthumous £6.25million payment to the trust from the Libyan government in 2003, which is now thought to be worth £18million.

Steven died in 2000 after being hit by a train while his brother David died in 1993 after having a heart attack in Thailand and Mr Nesfield inherited the trust fund after coming of age this Autumn, the MailOnline reports.

According to the MailOnline, Mr Nesfield's maternal grandmother said the young farmer – who was three when his father died and now lives on a remote sheep farm near the Scottish town – doesn't care about the money.

Valerie Stevenson, 74, said: "The truth is he doesn't really care about the money and he'd give his eye teeth to have his dad back.

"He was so close to his dad, even though he was so young when he lost him. Luke has inherited many of his dad's good qualities. They have the same dry sense of humour. Luke's dad is not forgotten. We talk about him all the time.

"But the disaster still affects our whole family, 30 years on."

"He won't be flying any helicopters or going down the road in a Rolls Royce… I don't know the exact figure he got. He's not the sort to make a song and dance about it," she added.

His paternal grandparents Tom and Kathleen Flannigan died on December 21, 1988 when the Pan Am flight 103 came crashing down on their Lockerbie home, also killing their ten-year-old daughter, Joanne.

But sons David and Steven, aged 19 and 14 at the time, were out of the house during the horror incident.

Pan Am Flight 103 was flying from Frankfurt to Detroit via London and New York on 21 December 1988, but while over the Scottish town of Lockerbie a bomb was detonated aboard the plane.

All 259 passengers were either be killed in the explosion or falling to earth while eleven of the town’s residents on the ground were also killed by falling debris, bringing the death toll to 270.

Following a three year investigation by local police and the FBI two Libyans were issued with arrest warrants for murder.

In 1999 Colonel Gaddafi, the Libyan leader, handed over the men for trial and eventually Libyan intelligence officer Abdelbaset al-Megrahi was jailed for life in 2001 after being convicted of 270 counts of murder.

However the Scottish government released him back to his homeland on compassionate grounds in 2009 after he was diagnosed with terminal cancer.

He died in Tripoli three years later in 2012, protesting his innocence.



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