BREAKING: Sheffield dad’s tears as men acquitted of unlawfully killing his son on Greek holiday

Matthew Cryer who died on his first holiday alone six year ago in Greece.
Matthew Cryer who died on his first holiday alone six year ago in Greece.
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The dad of a Sheffield teenager unlawfully killed while on holiday in Greece has said he is ‘absolutely gutted’ after four men were acquitted of causing his son’s death.

The dad of a Sheffield teenager unlawfully killed while on holiday in Greece has said he is ‘absolutely gutted’ after four men were acquitted of causing his son’s death.

Matthew Cryer

Matthew Cryer

David Cryer has spent six years fighting for justice for his 17-year-old son Matthew and today vowed to continue his fight and appeal the decision.

Matthew died on the holiday island of Zakynthos, Greece in 2008 after suffering head injuries outside a nightclub.

His family only discovered today that the men accused of the Greek charge of ‘exposure to harm’ had been cleared - although a court made the decision on October 29.

They have fought tirelessly for six long years to get the case heard and their hopes were raised when the men appeared in court to be charged earlier this year.

A tearful David, aged 49, of Frecheville, said: “I’m absolutely devastated - the whole family is.

“It has taken 19 days for us to be told that this has happened, we have only just found out.

“We did have some hope after the charges were brought, I am just gutted.

“I’ve been at this six years now and I am tired and stressed but I am going to keep on fighting because it is the right thing to do.”

Owls fan Matt, who grew up in Killamarsh and Frecheville, died outside The Cocktails and Dreams nighclub in Laganas in July 2008.

Greek police wrongly claimed he had choked on his own vomit but a post mortem examination found he died of head injuries.

A coroner in England ruled the Owls fan had been unlawfully killed after hearing he was beaten and thrown down a flight of stairs.

It was his first holiday abroad with friends.

His family battled to get the case reopened in a campaign - backed by The Star - but have faced numerous setbacks.

They will now seek a judicial review at the Supreme Court and continue fundraising.

David compared the case to that of missing Sheffield toddler Ben Needham and said both families had suffered a lack of support from the Government.

“We’ve had meetings with EU ministers and Matt’s mum has had letters from David Cameron but they’ve done nothing about it”, he said.

“They haven’t helped us at all.

“All I want to do is let people know, young kids know, before they go out there so they are aware of what happened.

“The Government say they can’t interfere in the Greek justice system but they can in Afghanistan - they are ignoring us and it is wrong.”

The popular Matt Fest music concert which started at The Birley pub, in Frecheville, and raises money for the cause has now expanded and will take place at 49 venues across the world next year.

The four men who were charged and acquitted were Charalabos Chaikalis, Andreas Rousianos, Anastasios Paraschis, and the owner of the Cocktails and Dreams nightclub in Laganas, who lawyers believed to be Andronas Charalabos.

They all denied the charges.