THE father of a young Cupar soldier who died in mysterious
circumstances in the Algarve last year has
expressed his frustration following the
decision by the Portugese police to close
Graham Lackie, whose son Darren died 13 months ago while enjoying a
break in the resort of Albufeira with his
girlfriend, is convinced that the
21-year-old was the victim of a mugging and
that his death wasn’t caused by a drunken
fall as the police claim.
He says that their version of events has changed dramatically since
the tragedy happened and has drawn parallels
with the case of missing youngster Madeleine
McCann, in which Portugese police in the
southern Algarve were widely condemned for
their handling of the matter.
Now he’s awaiting a copy of the police report to the public
prosecutor that gives the reasons for their
decision to drop the case.
It’s being translated for him by the British Consul in Portugal,
and he wants to make the document public so
that people in Cupar can make up their own
minds about what may have happened that
“The police version of events is very different now from what it
was 13 months ago,” he said.
“There are all sorts of glaring inconsistencies - for example, they
said initially that there was an eye-witness
who’d seen Darren fall over but now they say
there were no witnesses.
“They also said that Darren was drunk, but now they say he wasn’t.
“I know for a fact that Darren hadn’t been drinking that night, and
I know he didn’t fall.
“Whatever happened to him wasn’t his fault.
“I think the police want to cover up the whole thing so as not to
put off tourists, especially as it’s emerged
that a British man was killed by a young
Portugese gang in Albufeira just 10 days
Darren, a lance corporal in the Black Watch, was found unconscious
in the street on March 31 and died shortly
afterwards of head injuries.
Hundreds of people turned out for his funeral in Cupar, and a
memorial fund has been set up in his name to
benefit young people in the local community.