23rd May 2003;
Patricia Coyle of Harte Coyle Collins, Solicitors & Solicitor Advocates, acting on behalf of Sylvia Hackett, widow of Dermott Hackett, shot on 16 years ago today confirmed that the family of Mr Hackett will be making representations to the Secretary of State in light of the recent allegations made by loyalist paramilitary Michael Stone.
Mr Hackett aged 38, father of two, was shot dead 16 years ago while working as a bread man in Castlederg, on the Drumquin to Omagh Road. Michael Stone confessed to his murder but in a recently published book has now denied that he had any involvement in the murder.
Patricia Coyle of Harte Coyle Collins said today;
“If there is any truth in these allegations, this is a very serious matter. We have therefore advised Mrs Hackett that we will obtain all relevant documents from all government agencies in relation to the murder of her husband. We will then consider making submissions to the Secretary of state on her behalf.”
Mrs Hackett commenting this morning said;
“We want truth about who killed my husband and we want due process and justice.”
The family of Mr Hackett are not available for interview or comment at this time, and request that all communication from press is directed to their solicitors.