Luke would swap Locker­bie £18m to have his dad back

Gran on compo legacy of 1988 hor­ror

Daily Mirror - - NEWS - BY NICK SOMMERLAD [email protected] @Nick­Som­mer­lad

THE sole sur­vivor of a fam­ily wiped by the Locker­bie bomb­ing and per­sonal tragedies would gladly swap his com­pen­sa­tion for­tune to have his dad back.

Luke Nes­field re­ceived an es­ti­mated £18mil­lion this au­tumn af­ter turn­ing 21 as the 30th an­niver­sary of the down­ing of Pam Am flight 103 ap­proached.

But ma­ter­nal grand­mother Va­lerie Steven­son said: “He doesn’t re­ally care about the money. He’d give his eye teeth to have his dad back. He was so close, al­though he was so young when he lost him.”

In all, 259 pas­sen­gers and crew died when the 747 was blown up above the Scot­tish town on De­cem­ber 21 1988.

On the ground 11 more were killed.

Luke’s fa­ther Steven Flan­ni­gan was dubbed the Or­phan of Locker­bie af­ter his par­ents Tom and Kath­leen and ten-year-old sis­ter Joanne died when de­bris from the air­liner hit their home.

Steven, then 14, es­caped be­cause he was tak­ing the bike that was to be Joanne’s Christ­mas gift to a neigh­bour.

His brother David, 19, also sur­vived but both were to die in their 20s.

The Flan­ni­gan broth­ers were awarded more than £2mil­lion from Pan Am and in 2003 £6.25mil­lion was paid to a trust set up in Luke’s name. It came from the Libyan regime of Col Muam­mar Gaddafi, held re­spon­si­ble for the atroc­ity. The money was in­vested and steadily grew in value.

Steven be­gan a re­la­tion­ship with Lisa Gre­gory in 1996 and Luke was born the fol­low­ing year.

How­ever they split up just weeks af­ter his birth. Luke was just three when Steven was hit by a train af­ter drink­ing 14 pints of lager.

It was yet an­other tragedy for the fam­ily. His brother David had called the com­pen­sa­tion “dirty money” and used it to live the high life, dy­ing of heart fail­ure in Thai­land four years af­ter the bomb­ing. Luke now lives in a re­mote farm near Locker­bie and Va­lerie is sure he can han­dle both his for­tune and the fam­ily’s tragic past.

She said: “Luke is a re­ally nice, funny, down-to-earth boy.

“He keeps sheep and comes down to my farm ev­ery day to help. He won’t be fly­ing any he­li­copters or go­ing 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. Most peo­ple round here have no idea of his past or the money.

“Luke is very pri­vate but I’ve never met any­one who doesn’t like him. He’s just our Luke. We talk about him Steven all the time. The dis­as­ter still af­fects our whole fam­ily, 30 years on.”

Luke has in­her­ited a mas­sive for­tune Steven cra­dles his baby son

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