Burnley dad whose son died in Holland still seeking answers 10 years on
THE father of a Burnley man who died in mysterious circumstances in the Netherlands is supporting a campaign calling on the Foreign Office to offer more support to bereaved families.
Ten years on from the death of Liam Haworth in Rotterdam, his 60-year-old father Keith is still seeking answers regarding his death at a hostel in the Dutch city.
And he backed a protest in London yesterday outside the Foreign and Commonwealth Office by SAMM (Support After Murder and Manslaughter) Abroad, urging greater understanding for the victims of sudden deaths overseas.
Liam, 24, formerly of Rosseti Avenue, Burnley, was discovered dead in a flat he shared with two workmates in October 2003 - his mobile phone and 700 euros were missing from his room.
Keith is unhappy that a post-mortem examination was not conducted in Holland and one was only carried out when his body was returned to the UK.
He was also left distraught after a flatmate, seen walking out of a room where Liam was found, later went on the run and was never traced.
An open verdict was recorded by East Lancashire coroner Richard Taylor at a Burnley inquest, after ruling that there was no evidence how methadone and temazepam, found in his system, had got there.
Keith, of Burnley Road, Todmorden, said: "I believe that the police in Holland let me down badly, and the Foreign Office were not able to offer much assistance either.
"He didn't take methadone and there are still a lot of unanswered questions about his death.
"There was a large amount of money missing from the flat and they never traced his flatmate. I just feel like they wanted the paperwork off their desks so they could return Liam back to the UK."
Keith, who only got the all-clear from throat cancer recently, says he is not only campaigning for his own sake but Liam's sons, 15-year-old Brandon and 12-year-old Jamie, who live in the Blackburn area.
He has praised the support offered by SAMM Abroad though, which organised yesterday's protest in London.
"It has been very difficult over the past 10 years but they have been there for me. But I still want to keep fighting for Liam," added Keith.
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