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Ombudsman report prompts Sean Dalton family to take legal action

BY COLIN GEORGE

The family of Sean Dalton, a father of six who was killed in the Londonderry ‘Good Samaritan’ IRA booby trap bomb say they are taking legal advice over his death.

A damning report from the Police Ombudsman Michael Maguire released yesterday found that police failed to protect life after being made aware of the presence of the bomb and failed to properly investigate the deaths of Mr Dalton and two other people who died.

Widow Sheila Lewis was killed in the bomb while Gerard Curran died sometime later.

The trio of concerned neighbours triggered the bomb after going into the flat to check on the welfare of the man who lived there as he hadn’t been seen for a week.

It emerged afterwards that he had been kidnapped by the IRA in attempt to lure the police into the area. He later took his own life. Mr Dalton’s children were left orphans and without a home by his death as their mother Polly had died just five weeks before he was killed.

While the family says it ultimately blames the IRA for their father’s death, they also felt they were lied to by the authorities for decades.

The Ombudsman said the RUC was under great pressure at the time: “However, police allowed a booby-trap bomb to remain in a location which presented a very real risk to life. There was an obligation on police to protect the lives of the public and I have to conclude they failed in this regard.”

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