by Dr Morag Kerr
MORE THAN a quarter of a century after the Lockerbie bomb killed 270 people in Britain’s worst ever terrorist atrocity questions remain unanswered.
In the second part of her investigation into the tragedy author Dr Morag Kerr looks at the controversy surrounding the identification of the only suspect to be convicted of the bombing.
Despite being the largest investigation of its kind carried out by Scottish police it took almost a year before the authorities made a major breakthrough – and it was all down to a pair of trousers.
A pair of men’s cheap slacks recovered from the wreckage of Pan Am 103 after it fell on the Dumfriesshire town, were not only traced to the manufacturer but to the shop that sold them 2,519 miles from Lockerbie.
The trousers were among debris from Pan Am flight 103 picked up around the town in early 1989, severely blast-damaged and believed to have been packed in the suitcase with the bomb.
It took months to track “Yorkie Clothing” to an industrial estate on Malta, but once there, the firm’s stock records were a goldmine. The size, the material and a serial number identified the trousers as having been supplied to a small local retailer on 18th November 1988.
The shop, “Mary’s House”, was only three miles from Malta airport where the investigators believed the bomb had been smuggled on board a flight to Frankfurt.