Tragic Sheffield teenager’s dad summoned to hearing in Greece

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A CAMPAIGN to bring the killers of a Sheffield teenager to justice could be drawing to a conclusion at last.

David Cryer, whose 17-year-old son Matthew was killed on the Greek holiday island of Zante four years ago, has been summoned to appear before by Greek magistrates.

David will travel to Greece next month when he will be joined by two key witnesses who saw the events which led up to his son’s death.

They will be asked to give evidence to an investigating magistrate explaining how Matthew, who grew up in Frecheville and Killamarsh, died at the foot of a steep flight of stairs at the Cocktails and Dreams nightclub in Laganas, Zante, in July 2008.

Greek authorities had claimed Owls fan Matthew fell down the steps and choked on his own vomit.

But a coroner in England ruled he had been unlawfully killed after hearing he had been beaten up by bouncers and thrown down the steps.

A post mortem examination found 20 separate injuries on his battered body.

His family have campaigned, with the support of The Star, to bring those responsible to justice.

The campaign has been backed by MPs and Prime Minister David Cameron.

David Cryer said: “I have been summoned by the magistrate to travel across to Zante along with two witnesses who gave evidence at Matthew’s inquest.

“We have been told to pencil in the first week of June to make the trip although we have been advised that might change subject to any elections in Greece.

“The Greece voting system involves magistrates and with things in Greece being in such a mess at the moment it is expected that yet another election will be called.

“If that happens it will of course delay things. But we are remaining positive and feel this is a real step forward.

“At last it seems that someone in Greece is beginning to do the right thing.”