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Family of Scots soldier killed in IRA honeytrap seeking public inquiry

By Rebecca Black

Published 04/03/2016

The memorial to the soldiers has been constantly vandalised
The memorial to the soldiers has been constantly vandalised

The cousin of one of three Scottish soldiers murdered by the IRA after being lured to their deaths from the city centre by republican women has called for an inquiry.

David McCaughey, from Glasgow, said his family wanted answers over the killings.

His cousin Dougald McCaughey (23) was killed along with teenage brothers John (17) and Joseph (18) McCaig on March 10, 1971.

They were lured to White Brae in north Belfast by women they met while socialising in the city centre before being shot.

No one has ever been convicted of the murders.

An inquest into the incident returned an open verdict in August 1971.

As the 45th anniversary of the murders approaches, Mr McCaughey called for a public inquiry. He said the pain of Dougald's death was still so raw that many of his relatives refused to talk about it.

"It was one of those things that was always in the family," he told the Daily Record.

"It was always there just below the surface, like a scar that's never healed. Dougald's brother David was in the Army as well. He was actually stationed in Belfast and would have met them (the victims), but he was held back on guard duty. Otherwise, he'd have been murdered as well.

"They sent David straight home. He took it very badly. I last saw him 18 months ago, and he just doesn't talk about it."

Mr McCaughey said he was heartbroken no one had been convicted.

"If the boys had been killed in combat it would have been sore," he added. "But I think that the way it happened made it worse. Some individuals are untouchable and we're now approaching 45 years.

"I want a public inquiry. A lot of the things that I've already seen in the Historical Enquires Team report, you just wouldn't believe. The British Government has badly let down the families of the Scottish soldiers killed."

Dougald's mother Lizzie died on New Year's Day 1996 at the age of 74. She never got over her son's death.

The young Scot was posted to Belfast on February 15, 1971, and died just weeks later.

A memorial to the three young men stands at White Brae near Ligoniel on the outskirts on north Belfast where they were killed.

It is maintained by the local branch of the Royal British Legion, however it has been attacked and damaged numerous times.

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