Friday 9 December 2016

Grieving dad hits out at 'lowlifes' who trashed daughter's grave

Published 25/11/2016 | 09:44

Louise Diver
Louise Diver

A grieving father has hit out at 'lowlifes' who vandalised his daughter's grave.

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Twenty-year-old Louise Diver, from Strabane, died in March 2015 after overdosing on prescription medication.

She had been studying a childcare course at the Co Tyrone town's North West Regional College.

But unknown to her parents, she was also being targeted by bullies.

Louise was rushed to hospital having swallowed a cocktail of paracetamol, aspirin, diabetes medication and other prescription substances.

But the drugs had damaged her organs beyond repair, and she died in hospital five days later.

The tragic young woman's grave in Strabane Cemetery was disturbed last week, with decorative stones stolen and ornaments taken.

Her shocked father, Davie Diver, told local newspaper the Strabane Chronicle that the desecration was discovered when Louise's mum Caroline Woods went to visit her daughter's grave last week.

"Caroline rang me in tears to tell me - and I just couldn't believe it when I saw it," Mr Diver said.

"Whoever did this, they are lowlifes and they need to catch a grip of themselves. I was devastated and shocked when I saw it, but it has left Louise's brothers and sisters in a bad way too."

Parish Priest Fr Declan Boland told the newspaper that the vandalism of her grave was "beyond belief".

"It defies comprehension that anyone would desecrate a grave, let alone that of a young girl whose life ended so tragically," Fr Boland said.

Local councillor Paul Gallagher, who lives in the same housing estate as the Diver family and who knew Louise, said: "It must be a very upsetting time for the family."

The Diver family suffered a further tragedy earlier this year when the body of Sean 'Smurf' Diver (39), Louise's uncle, was recovered from the River Foyle.

He was missing for six weeks before his remains were found by the Community Rescue Service.

Anyone who is affected by issues in this article can contact Samaritans Ireland on Lo-call 1850 60 90 90

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