Bomb victim’s daughter calls for fresh probe

David Caldwell
David Caldwell

The daughter of a former UDR soldier killed by the Real IRA in Derry 10 years ago wants a new investigation into his death.

David Caldwell died after picking up a lunch box packed with explosives at a TA base on the Limavady Road on August 1, 2002.

His daughter wants anyone with information to come forward.

“There was no justice, but I’d love to see justice to sort of close the book,” Gillian McFaul said.

“He missed my formal, he’ll miss the day that I’ll be married, the day I have my first child or whatever, he’ll miss all of that.

“I’d like my father’s case to be reopened because it’s 10 years now and I’d like some kind of action to show they’re doing something.”

Mr Caldwell, a 51-year-old father of four, had been involved in refurbishing facilities at Caw camp when he was killed.

He was critically injured in the blast and later died at Altnagelvin Hospital.

The British Army said the base was being refurbished at the time of the explosion and was no longer being used for security operations.

It was, said the Army, mainly used for training young people in the Cadets.

At the time, an Army spokesman called the murder “an outrage, a despicable cowardly attack on an innocent civilian and should be condemned by all law-abiding people”.

The Real IRA later claimed it planted the bomb and, in 2003, a senior police officer said this was a definite line of enquiry.

PSNI Detective Inspector Robbie Paul said: “It’s our belief that the Real IRA carried out this murder.

“We believe that we have a fairly good intelligence picture of how this murder was carried out, and by whom. But, unfortunately, intelligence is not evidence.”

Mr. Caldwell’s partner, Mavis McFaul, has said she can never forgive the people who killed a “quiet man who would hurt nobody”.

Shortly after his murder, she said: “It hasn’t really sunk in yet, but it’s terrible. It hurts so much.

“It was a shock and I just want to know why? Why us? Why Davy?

“He just went out to his work this morning like normal. He said to me: “I’ll see you in the evening.”

“God help him, he died a terrible death with all the injuries he had. How could anybody do that to an innocent man who was very quiet and didn’t hurt anybody?

“He would have helped anybody... that was just Davy.

“I’ll never forgive them. Never. I hope they come to justice and I hope they can sleep in their beds at night.”