Lockerbie bombing victim would give up millions to get father back

Luke Nesfield inherited a trust fund, thought to be worth up to £18million, in the autumn after he turned 21. Luke’s father was Steven Flannigan, who was dubbed the Orphan of Lockerbie when his parents and 10-year-old sister were killed in the atrocity. The then 14-year-old Steven was out when parts of the airliner crashed into the family home in Sherwood Crescent on December 21, 1988. 

Steven’s brother David, 19, had fallen out with his parents and was living in England at the time.

Both boys were awarded around £2.1million in compensation from PanAm followed by a posthumous £6.5 million payment to the trust fund from the Libyan government.

When David died of heart failure in Thailand in 1993 the money went to his brother.

But Steven also died in tragic circumstances – after a night out in 2000 when his son was just a toddler.

The fortune was left to Luke who was not allowed access to the money until he was 21.

Valerie Stevenson, who is Luke’s maternal grandmother, said the young farmer, who lives as a recluse just miles from Lockerbie, is still affected by his father’s death.

Valerie, 74, added: “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. 

“The disaster still affects our whole family, 30 years on.”

Luke’s inheritance includes his father’s watch, necklace and rings.

His grandmother said Luke will not be flaunting his wealth.

She added; “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. Most people round here have no idea of his past or the money.”

Luke’s grandparents Tom and Kathleen Flannigan and aunt Joanne were among the 270 who died when a bomb went off on the London to New York flight, scattering debris and bodies across Lockerbie.

After a three-year investigation warrants were issued for two Libyan nationals in connection with the atrocity. 

But it took until 1999 for Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi to hand over the pair and they stood trial at Camp Zeist in the Netherlands.

One of the accused, Lamin Khalifah Fhimah, was acquitted, while Abdelbased al-Megrahi was found guilty of 270 counts of murder and jailed for life.

He was released by the Scottish Government on compassionate grounds in 2009 after he was diagnosed with prostate cancer and died three years later.