A Sheffield family’s five-year battle to bring their son’s killers to justice could be coming to an end after four men were charged in connection with his death.
The Justice for Matt campaign was launched by David Cryer and Joanne Froud in 2008 following the death in Greece of their son Matthew Cryer.
And now, at last, The Star-backed campaign is beginning to pay off with news four men have been charged with ‘exposure to harm.
Today dad David said: “There is still a long way to go but this is definitely a step in the right direction for us.
“We are now waiting to hear when these four men will face the courts, on what we are told are very serious charges.
“I will of course be there in Zante when these men appear in the dock – that’s something I have vowed to do since Matthew died.
“It is our aim to get justice for Matt, and I want to be there to see it happen.”
Matthew, aged 17, who was brought up in Frecheville and Killamarsh, died outside the Cocktails and Dreams nightclub in Laganas, Zante, in 2008.
At first the Greek police reported his death had been caused by excessive drinking.
But a post mortem examination in England confirmed he had sustained 20 separate injuries, and bruising was found on his body.
Witnesses at his inquest described how club bouncers had dragged him from his seat, and violently beat him before he was thrown down a steep flight of steps onto the street where he died.
The coroner recorded a verdict that Matthew had been unlawfully killed - after which his grieving family swore they would see justice.
Despite being continually frustrated by the pace of legal proceedings in Greece, the family campaign included peaceful protests, music festivals, golf tournaments and a host of other events to remind people of Matt.
“The Greek authorities have been far from helpful in helping us bring this to a conclusion,” said David.
“But we remain determined as a family to see this through to the end.”