A SHEFFIELD family’s fight for justice for their dead son could be coming to an end after new legal moves in Greece.
Five years have passed since 17-year-old Matthew Cryer, who grew up in Frecheville and Killamarsh was beaten and pushed to his death down a flight of stairs by bouncers in Zante.
His family have campaigned ever since to bring those responsible to justice.
But their efforts have been continually frustrated by not having proper legal representation on the holiday island.
What has made matters worse is that the investigating magistrate for Zante has changed several times recently, meaning that the case has had to start from scratch each time there has been a new appointment.
Now the family’s legal team in Britain have agreed to appoint a local solicitor in Greece in an attempt to speed up the legal process.
In a letter to Matthew’s father David they said: “As you are aware I recently learned of a frustrating development in that the investigating magistrate has said it will only respond to requests for updates received in writing. This is frankly ridiculous and will only serve to slow down progress which is already unacceptably slow.
“In light of this development I now intend to liaise directly with a lawyer on Zante.
“The lawyer in Zante is Mr Pavlos Synetos and I will be contacting him shortly.”
David, who is set to meet with Clive Betts MP and local MEP Linda McAvan on Friday to see how they can speed up the investigation in Zante, has welcomed the news.
He told The Star: “Time and again we have asked for legal representation on the island and have been continually refused.
“Now at last we have someone local who understands how the complicated legal system in Zante works.
Mr Cryer added: “That can only be a good thing together with the help of our MP and MEP .”