A victim of the Shankill bomb said yesterday she is “absolutely fuming” that Historical Enquiries Team (HET) officers are still to visit her about her parents’ murder – three years after the organisation published its final report on the atrocity.
In yesterday’s News Letter Michelle Williamson said that three or four years ago the PSNI’s HET phoned her and asked if she had any questions about her parents’ murders.
“I said I wanted to know which IRA commander sanctioned the attack, who made the bomb, and who drove the getaway car?” she said.
“They said they would send a family liaison officer to meet me. That was three or four years ago and I am still waiting.”
The PSNI responded that from 2008-10 they wrote to all families of those who died and sent final reports in 2010 and 2011 “to the families which engaged”.
But yesterday Michelle hit back: “If they are saying I did not engage that is not true,” she said. “As soon as I told HET on the phone that I wanted to ask which IRA commander ordered the attack, they said they would send a liaison officer to me. That was the last I heard from them.
“It is a damned disgrace that I never got a copy of the same letters and report as the other families.”
The HET responded that it wrote to her in 2008 and 2010 to say the review had begun and ended. HET said it told her a report had been produced and delivered to families which had engaged.
“She was asked to write or telephone if she wanted a copy. The HET has no record of any such request being made.”