Glasgow family of boy killed by falling gravestone awarded six-figure payout

THE family of an 8-year-old boy killed by a falling gravestone in a Glasgow cemetery have been awarded a six-figure compensation payout by the council.

Relatives of Ciaran Williamson, eight, including his mum Stephanie Griffin, 28. said they would begin to "piece their lives togethe," now that a civil damages claim had been settled out of court.

The schoolboy died after he was crushed by a headstone while he was playing with friends in Craigton Cemetery in Glasgow in 2015.

Read more: Mum of schoolboy killed by gravestone says, "I will never feel peace."

In a statement released through their lawyers Digby Brown, the family said: “We are glad the final legal hurdle is over.

“The last three years have been devastating for us – especially during the FAI and having to relive everything.

“However we’re grateful the civil action could be settled so quickly as it means we can start to piece ourselves back together.

“We’d like to say thank you to our friends, family, the local community and the media who have supported us emotionally and practically since Ciaran passed away.

“And also to our lawyer Mark who helped us greatly through the process.”

Read more: Mum warned son of cemetery danger, two weeks before tragedy 

Mark Gibson, Partner at Digby Brown Solicitors, said: “Ciaran’s family have endured a very public agony and in ways very few people can relate to so first and foremost I’d like to pay tribute to them for their courage throughout.

“I can confirm a civil action against Glasgow City Council has now been settled which I hope means the family can start focusing on themselves again.”



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