PM backs Justice for Matt campaign

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PRIME Minister David Cameron has joined The Star’s Justice for Matt campaign and pledged to do all he can to help the family.

The PM has written to Matthew’s family after discovering this year is the fourth anniversary of the teenager’s death on the holiday island of Zante.

In a personally signed letter addressed to Matt’s mum Joanne Froud, Mr Cameron expressed his sympathies and said he shared the family’s frustration at the length of time the Greeks were taking to investigate the death.

The PM told Joanne he had asked the Foreign and Commonwealth Office to set out exactly what has been done to establish the facts.

The Killamarsh student died at the foot of a stairwell outside Cocktails and Dreams nightclub in Laganas on the Greek island in July 2008.

Police claimed the 17-year-old was so drunk he fell and choked on his own vomit.

But an inquest ruled Sheffield Wednesday fan Matt, who was brought up in Frecheville, was unlawfully killed and had suffered 20 separate injuries and bruising.

Witnesses told the 2009 Chesterfield inquest he had been battered and pushed downstairs by club bouncers.

The PM said: “I was very sorry to hear about Matthew’s tragic death. Samantha and I know from our own experience how devastating it is to lose a child and I can only imagine how the uncertainty of this investigation has added to your distress.

“You will understand that our power to intervene in legal processes in other countries is limited.

“But British authorities and our consular officials remain in close contact with the Greek Magistrates.”

The PM has now asked Minister for Europe David Lidington to look into the case.

He added: “Mr Lidington is best placed to look further at the details of the case and ensure we have done everything we can to help make progress. I do hope that you are able to obtain the answers you require from the Greek authorities soon.”

Matt’s dad David said: “We realise that there is only so much that Mr Cameron can do to influence the legal processes in Greece but we welcome his support and now hopefully we can achieve some progress.”