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Northern Ireland family left devastated by tragic loss of second son on Boxing Day

Gregg Cousins, who died in 2001
Gregg Cousins, who died in 2001

By David Young

Heartbreak struck a Lurgan family this Christmas when their son died suddenly on Boxing Day.

Darwin Cousins who died in tragic circumstances on Thursday, was the second devastating blow for parents Eric and Eleanor Cousins.

In 2001, their son Gregg was killed while working on the M1, when a digger struck high voltage overhead electricity cables.

Friends said last night that the family had been "devastated" by the death of their second son.

Darwin Cousins, who was in his 30s, is survived by his daughter, Britany.

Upper Bann DUP MLA Carla Lockhart, who knew Mr Cousins, said her heart went out to the grieving family as they came to terms with the heartbreaking loss.

"He was a lovely young man. My thoughts and prayers go out to his parents and his daughter, and the whole family circle," she said.

SDLP MLA Dolores Kelly also sent her sympathy and condolences to the Cousins family.

"I simply do not know how any parents could cope with such pain and grief," she said.

A notice inserted in the Funeral Times by the Cousins family yesterday said: "Very deeply regretted by his sorrowing father, mother, daughter and family circle." Arrangements for Mr Cousins' funeral have not yet been made public.

Gregg Cousins had only been in the construction job for four weeks when he was killed.

Construction firm Farrans were fined £100,000 after pleading guilty to breaches of health and safety legislation which led to Mr Cousins' death.

A subcontracting firm was also fined £2,500 over the fatal incident.

A spokesman for Farrans said at the time that the company deeply regretted the death of Mr Cousins and that it had taken steps to prevent the possibility of any similar incident occurring in the future.

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