First Lockerbie damages award

NEW YORK (Reuter) - In the first of what could be scores of damages trials stemming from the Lockerbie bombing, a US jury yesterday awarded dollars 9.23m ( pounds 4.8m) to the family of a Pepsi- co executive.

The award, reached after a trial in Brooklyn federal court, was less than the dollars 25m sought by the family of Robert Pagnucco. The family won the liability portion of the civil suits on 10 July with a verdict that Pan Am committed 'wilful misconduct' by failing to detect a bomb on Flight 103.