Battle to catch Sheffield teenager’s killers

Grieving father David Cryer.
Grieving father David Cryer.
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New hopes have been raised in the battle to bring bouncers on a holiday island to justice over the death of a Sheffield teenager.

Matt Cryer, aged 17, died on the Greek island of Zante in 2008 from head injuries after – being thrown down stairs outside a nightclub in the resort of Laganas.

Matthew Cryer.

Matthew Cryer.

Despite an unlawful killing verdict after an inquest in the UK heard evidence about how the teenager, from Killamarash, was manhandled by doormen, progress in the case has stalled.

Last year, after a meeting between Matt’s parents, David Cryer and Jo Froud, and Europe minister David Liddington, a new prosecuting magistrate started investigating the case.

However, the magistrate has been replaced and progress on the case has been halted – despite Mr Cryer having the names of the doormen and club owner.

Mr Cryer said: “We have met with Clive Betts, Sheffield South East MP, and regional MEP Linda McAvan, who have agreed to ask for another meeting with Mr Liddington to see if there is more pressure that can be put upon the Greeks.

“Progress is frustratingly slow – in July, it will be five years since Matthew was killed.

“Nothing is happening, even though we now even know the names of the bouncers involved and the owner of Cocktails and Dreams nightclub, where Matt was killed.

“After some movement last year when we met Mr Liddington, the investigating magistrate has changed yet again. Hopefully a further meeting with the minister will get things moving.”

Mr Betts said: “I understand the family’s frustrations.”

■ A football match in memory of Matt takes place at Hillsborough on Monday, May 13, with a 1pm kick off, between Sheffield Wednesday and Sheffield United fans from Birley.

Donations are being collected at the game for the Justice for Matt campaign.