Grieving dad’s hope for his air crash victim son

UNITED FAN ... Liam Sweeney, who died when Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 crashed.
UNITED FAN ... Liam Sweeney, who died when Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 crashed.

THE father of a Newcastle United fan who died on the fatal Malaysia Airlines flight said he hopes his son’s body is not lying somewhere undiscovered.

Barry Sweeney, whose son Liam, 28, was on Flight MH17 along with fellow Toon fan John Alder, said he has now stopped watching the news because it was so upsetting.

Speaking to ITV’s Good Morning Britain, the 52-year-old father of seven, who cares for his terminally-ill wife Lesley, said he just hoped all 298 victims are taken home.

“Without going into politics, because I think the Government have to sort that out, I just want them basically to bring the 298 people who need to be brought home for this to close,” he said.

“I have seen a little bit of the news, I try to stop watching it only because it is upsetting, especially when you see body bags.

“But I’m hoping Liam is in one of those because I don’t want him to be lying there somewhere where there’s nobody there to give him a good cuddle, you know.”

Mr Sweeney said the family are struggling to comprehend what happened to Liam, and nobody ever had a bad word to say against him.

“For me personally I’ve never stopped, I’ve been getting up... I don’t think I’ve had any time to think.

“My wife - who was Liam’s stepmum - and my ex-wife, who I spoke to yesterday, they’re in bits, they just can’t comprehend what’s happened.

“I think I’m getting through it because I can talk to people. As long as I’m talking, I’m fine. Wen I stop, the tears come.

“Liam was one of those lads where nobody had a bad word to say against him, but I never heard him have a bad word to say about anybody else, he just got on with things.

“He was a good lad, he was there if you wanted him to be there. If it had anything to do with Newcastle it might have to come second, but that was Liam.”