THE father of a Sheffield teenager killed in Greece faced further heartbreak after tributes he laid at the scene of his son’s death were stolen within minutes.
David Cryer laid flowers and cards outside the Cocktail and Dreams nightclub in Laganas, Zante, where his son Matthew died in 2008.
He went for a coffee a little further down the street and when he returned the tributes had gone.
David, who had been summoned by the Greek Authorities to give a statement to the man in charge of the investigation into Matthew’s death, said: “I couldn’t believe it when I went back to where I laid the tributes just minutes later to find them gone.
“I asked around but of course no one had seen anything. Why anyone would want to take flowers and the cards signed by Matthew’s friends and family is beyond me.
“It all makes me so angry but it is what I have come to expect from the people on this island.”
Matthew, 17, died on what was his first holiday abroad without his parents. Greek authorities claimed the Sheffield Wednesday fan who grew up in Frecheville and Killamarsh, died after falling down the stairs at the club and choking on his own vomit. But, in 2009, North Derbyshire Coroner Dr Robert Hunter rejected that account ruling Matthew had died from head injuries after hearing he had been beaten by bouncers and thrown down the steps.
David was summoned to the island along with two witnesses who gave evidence at the inquest and Sgt Steve Warren, of Derbyshire Police, who is heading up the investigation in Britain.
After giving evidence to the investigating magistrate David said he hoped things may at last be coming to a conclusion.
“We each gave a statement which will now be put before a judge on the mainland. We are hopeful the people who did this to Matthew may be about to face justice at last.”