THE father of a Sheffield teenager killed in Greece is to pay an emotional visit to the place where his son died after being called to give evidence in a Greek Court.
David Cryer has been summoned by the Greek Authorities to give a statement to the man in charge of the investigation into his son Matthew’s death in Zante in July 2008.
David sees the summons as an important step forward in the four-year campaign to bring his son’s killers to justice.
While he is there, he plans to visit Cocktail and Dreams nightclub in Laganas where Matthew died.
Greek authorities had claimed Sheffield Wednesday fan Matthew, who grew up in Frecheville and Killamarsh, died after falling down the stairs at the club and choking on his own vomit while on his first holiday abroad with his friends.
However, in 2009, North Derbyshire Coroner Dr Robert Hunter rejected that account in saying Matthew had died from head injuries.
Dr Hunter ruled that the 17-year-old student had been unlawfully killed after hearing he had been beaten by bouncers and thrown down the steps.
David will now travel to Greece on Monday, June 11, for a five-day visit .
Two witnesses who gave evidence at the inquest and Sgt Steve Warren, of Derbyshire Police, who is heading up the investigation in Britain, are also journeying to Greece.
David said the summons came as a relief after he was warned a week ago the economic situation in Greece may further delay the enquiry.
However, the campaign for justice for Matthew – which was launched by The Star and has been backed by politicians including the Prime Minister David Cameron – has forced Zante’s investigating magistrate to reassess his plans and deal with the case as a priority.
David said: “This is a relief, as you can expect the sooner we get out there the better.
“We’ll be asked to give statements in the magistrates’ chambers. The statements will later be heard in court when, at long last, the people responsible for Matt’s death will be brought to justice.”
David said he was planning to visit where Matthew died after giving his evidence.
He said: “I will be laying flowers and taking cards signed by Matthew’s mum, brothers and sisters and by many of his friends.
“It will be a very emotional time for me, but it’s something I just have to do.”