Jus­tice fight

Keep­ing fam­ily vow

Rutherglen Reformer - - Front Page - Dou­glas Dickie

A Ruther­glen man has launched a cam­paign for jus­tice for his rel­a­tive who was mur­dered by the IRA.

David McCaughey says the death of cousin, Dougald McCaughey, in an IRA hon­ey­trap has haunted the fam­ily for 46 years.

A Ruther­glen man has launched a cam­paign for jus­tice for his rel­a­tive who was mur­dered by the IRA.

Sol­dier Dougald McCaughey, 23, was vic­tim of an IRA ‘honey trap’ along with brothers John, 17, and Joseph, 18, McCaig on March 10, 1971.

The three men, who were un­armed, had been at a Belfast bar when they were lured to a re­mote spot by repub­li­can women.

When they ar­rived at White Brae, they were shot dead and their bod­ies dumped.

No-one has ever faced trial for their mur­der.

The Re­former re­ported last year that Dougald’s cousin, David McCaughey was still fight­ing for jus­tice for the trio.

And last week he launched the Three Scot­tish Sol­diers Cam­paign for Jus­tice.

David, 51, said: “This is a scar in my fam­ily that has never healed. I made prom­ises to fam­ily that are no longer liv­ing that I would never let these boys be for­got­ten and I will never break that prom­ise.

“I suf­fer from ill health due to cancer, I now know that if my health took a turn for the worse that there are good peo­ple in this cam­paign work­ing to ful­fil my orig­i­nal prom­ise.

“John, Joseph and Dougald did not de­serve what hap­pened to them, they were just three young,in­no­cent boys.”

Speak­ing to the Re­former last year, David said he had only been five when Dougald, whose mum, Lizzie, went on to live in Castelmilk, was killed.

He said: “The one thing I can re­mem­ber of the fu­neral, our house was full of peo­ple, just hun­dreds of peo­ple stand­ing around in black.

“It was one of those things that was al­ways in the fam­ily, it was al­ways there just be­low the sur­face, like a scar that’s never healed.

“Lizzie mar­ried again but she mourned un­til the day she died.”

Jus­tice David McCaughey wants those who mur­dered his cousin, Dougald McCaughey, and brothers John and Joseph McCaig, brought to jus­tice

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