Luke would swap £18m to have his dad back

TRAGIC LOCKER­BIE FAM­ILY 30 YEARS ON

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Or­phan’s son ‘doesn’t care about compo’

BY NICK SOMMERLAD re­[email protected]­plc.com THE son of a Locker­bie bomb­ing or­phan would swap his £18mil­lion in­her­i­tance just to have his dad back, his gran said yesterday.

Luke Nes­field lost his dad Steven Flan­ni­gan – who was awarded mil­lions in com­pen­sa­tion for the dis­as­ter – at a young age.

The 21-year-old now lives on a farm near Locker­bie af­ter get­ting his in­her­i­tance re­cently.

Steven was dubbed the Or­phan of Locker­bie af­ter Pan Am flight 103 killed his par­ents Tom and Kath­leen and 10-year-old sis­ter Joanne when it crashed into their fam­ily home 30 years ago.

Steven, then 14, was tak­ing the bi­cy­cle that was to be Joanne’s Christ­mas present to a neigh­bour.

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

Luke in­her­ited £18mil­lion ear­lier this year af­ter his dad in­vested the com­pen­sa­tion paid by the air­line and later the Libyan gov­ern­ment.

His ma­ter­nal gran Va­lerie Steven­son said: “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.”

The Flan­ni­gan broth­ers were awarded £2mil­lion com­pen­sa­tion from Pan Am, as well as a £6.25mil­lion pay­ment to a trust set up in Luke’s name from the Libyan gov­ern­ment in 2003.

It is be­lieved this could now be worth £18mil­lion.

Steven be­gan a re­la­tion­ship with Lisa Gre­gory in 1996 and Luke was born in 1997. The pair split just af­ter his birth.

Luke was just three when his fa­ther died. Steven was hit by a train af­ter drink­ing 14 pints of lager and “fall­ing asleep” on the track.

Steven’s brother David had branded the com­pen­sa­tion as “dirty money” and used it to fund a he­do­nis­tic lifestyle, dy­ing of heart fail­ure in Thai­land just four years af­ter the Locker­bie bomb­ing.

Val said: “Luke is a nice, funny, down-to-earth boy. He keeps sheep on his farm and comes down to my farm ev­ery day to help.

“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. Luke is a pri­vate per­son but I’ve never met any­one who doesn’t like him.”

DOWN TO EARTH Luke has in­her­ited his dad’s good qual­i­ties. In­set, Locker­bie crash TOT Luke with his dad

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