New probe into Greek tragedy

Matthew Cryer
Matthew Cryer

A FRESH inquiry into the death of a teenager in Greece could see key witnesses from the UK called to give evidence.

Student Matthew Cryer, 17, was on his first holiday when he died outside the Cocktails and Dreams nightclub in Laganas, Zante, three years ago.

It was initially claimed his injuries had been caused by excessive drinking but a 2009 Chesterfield inquest heard a bouncer pushed Matthew downstairs and punched him in the face. The coroner ruled he had been unlawfully killed and died of head injuries.

Now Zante’s newly-appointed investigating magistrate has ordered officers to talk to every witness and gather information to bring a swift prosecution.

He has also told the Foreign Office and solicitors representing Matthew’s parents he is not satisfied with the probe’s progress and ordered fresh police enquiries.

Matthew’s mum Joanne Froud, of Killamarsh, said: “This is probably the only piece of positive news we have received from Zante in three years.

“I’m optimistic that things are beginning to happen though I will remain cautious until something actually does.

“I also hope people reading about the latest development will take the opportunity to come forward if they saw anything and they have not yet been asked to give evidence.”

As part of the new investigation witnesses may be subpoenaed from other countries to give evidence.

Statements from witnesses will be taken by Derbyshire Police and handed to the Home Office and Greek government who will pass them to the magistrate.