New probe into Greek tragedy

Optimistic: Joanne Froud is hopeful there could be progress at last on the investigation into her son's death.

Optimistic: Joanne Froud is hopeful there could be progress at last on the investigation into her son's death.

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KEY witnesses from the UK could be called to give evidence in Greece after police in Zante were ordered to conduct a fresh inquiry into the death of a Sheffield teenager.

Student Matthew Cryer was on holiday in Zante when he died at the foot of a stairwell outside the Cocktails and Dreams nightclub in Laganas three years ago.

Greek police claimed the 17-year-old was so drunk he had fallen and choked on his vomit.

But witnesses at an inquest in Chesterfield said Matthew, of Killamarsh, who was originally from Frecheville, Sheffield, had been battered and pushed down the stairs by club bouncers.

The coroner recorded a verdict of unlawful killing after hearing he had 20 separate injuries and bruising was found on his body.

Now Zante’s newly-appointed investigating magistrate has ordered officers to talk to every witness and gather information to bring a swift prosecution.

He has also told the Foreign Office and solicitors representing Matthew’s parents he is not satisfied with the progress of the investigation and has ordered police to conduct fresh enquiries - even subpoenaing witnesses from other countries to give evidence.

Statements from witnesses will be taken by Derbyshire Police and handed to the Home Office and Greek government who will pass them to the magistrate.

Matthew’s mum Joanne Fround, of Killamarsh, said: “This is probably the only piece of positive news we have received from Zante in three years.

“I’m optimistic that things are beginning to happen, though I will remain cautious until something actually does.

“I also hope that people reading about the latest development will take the opportunity to come forward if they saw anything and they have not yet been asked to give evidence.”

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