Sheffield dad told legal options ‘exhausted’ in long fight for justice

David Cryer who is still campaigning for justice 8 years after his son Matt was killed in Greece
David Cryer who is still campaigning for justice 8 years after his son Matt was killed in Greece
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The dad of a Sheffield teen killed on his first holiday abroad has been told all legal options in the fight for justice are ‘exhausted.’

David Cryer received a letter from Foreign Office minister David Livington after he tried to reopen the case concerning 17-year-old son Matthew, who died in the resort of Laganas on the Greek island of Zakynthos, six years ago.

Last year, six men were acquitted of charges in connection with Matthew’s death in a Greek trial.

A Supreme Court appeal was later dismissed and his family were left hoping to go to the European Court of Human Rights.

But the letter from Mr Livington – received after Mr Cryer turned to Sheffield South East MP Clive Betts for help – said the ‘decision made last year to close the case still remains and unfortunately all legal avenues have now been exhausted.’

However, David, of Frecheville, said he would never give up his battle.

He said: “I’m going to have to do it myself.

“Without a doubt, we are going to carry on. It is a nightmare.”

In another blow, David was told the Government had made enquiries, but it had now been confirmed only evidence from ‘one country can be taken into consideration and in this case it was the evidence from Greece’.

After Matthew died, Greek authorities incorrectly claimed Matthew had died after drinking too much.

However,a Chesterfield inquest later ruled he had been unlawfully killed after hearing evidence Matthew had been beaten and thrown down a flight of stairs outside the Cocktails and Dreams nightclub.

David said: “How long have we been fighting and we have only just found this out?

“Derbyshire Police have spent thousands of pounds translating different things into Greek.

“It is just so wrong.”

David praised Mr Betts – –who said the ‘Greek justice system has sadly failed both yourself and Matthew ’ in his own letter – for helping the cause.

This weekend events are to be held around the globe, with many in Sheffield, to boost the Justice for Matt campaign, which is backed by The Star.

It is hoped that up to £250,000 could be raised in Matt’s name through the various events.

One determined fundraiser is also planning to wheel his scooter from Barnsley to Sheffield.