Minister to meet family over Sheffield teen’s death

ROSS PARRY/SWNS Matthew Cryer
ROSS PARRY/SWNS Matthew Cryer
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A minister is to meet the family of a Sheffield teen killed abroad after four men were acquitted of causing his death.

Natascha Engel, Labour MP for North East Derbyshire,said she would continue working with the relatives of 17-year-old Matthew Cryer, who died of head injuries outside a nightclub on the Greek island of Zakynthos in 2008.

Matthew 's Dad David Cryer.

Matthew 's Dad David Cryer.

An inquest ruled he had been unlawfully killed after hearing he was beaten and thrown down a flight of stairs, but his family have faced numerous setbacks in their campaign for justice.

Ms Engel hopes another meeting with David Lidington, Foreign Office minister, will help put pressure on his Greek counterparts to look at the case again.

The MP, whose ward covers Killamarsh where Matthew’s mum Jo Froud lives, said: “The family have been fighting for six years, they can’t get on with their lives and grieve for their son, because they are still fighting for the most basic justice.

“All they want is for the justice to be the same that a Greek boy would get if something like this happened in Killamarsh.

“I am arranging for them to come to London to meet the minister again.

“We are going to try and make our Government put pressure on the Greek Government to look at this again.

“If this had happened in the UK, it would be treated very differently.”

Matthew’s dad David, of Frecheville, was moved to tears as said he only discovered the men had been cleared 19 days after their trial took place.

He said the Government had ‘ignored’ the case over the years.

Ms Engel said the UK could not interfere in the Greek legal system.

However, she said: “When you have something that is such an obvious injustice there needs to be more that we can do through our consulate. At the moment they are very passive.

“I think the Government should be doing more.”

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office confirmed the trial took place and said it ‘continued to provide consular assistance’.