Dad’s shock and disgust at attack on memorial

John Doherty pictured on the Coshquin Road at the vandalished memorial to his son, Conor, who died in a car accident 4 years ago. (0807SL01) Photo: Stephen Latimer
John Doherty pictured on the Coshquin Road at the vandalished memorial to his son, Conor, who died in a car accident 4 years ago. (0807SL01) Photo: Stephen Latimer
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A Derry father has spoken of his “shock and disgust” after mindless thugs destroyed a roadside memorial to his dead son.

Seventeen year-old Conor Doherty, formerly of Cashelmore Park, was a passenger when the car he was travelling crashed at Coshquin Road on the afternoon of Sunday May 6, 2007. He died at the scene.

A few weeks later his grieving family erected a mahogany cross and plaque at the crash site as a dedication to their loved one. However, his father John Doherty discovered yesterday that the memorial had been “broken to pieces”.

Mr Doherty says he “can’t get his head around” how anyone could carry out such a mindless act. “At first I thought it might have been children but when I looked I saw there were McDonald’s wrappers and that led to me believe they may have been in a car. I’m so angry and disgusted - it has brought the horror of it all right back. My wife has had severe depression since the crash and this has knocked her right back again. Whoever did this should be ashamed.”