Inquiry into death of Sheffield teenager on hold once again

Matthew Cryer
Matthew Cryer

AN INVESTIGATION into the death of a Sheffield teenager killed by bouncers in Zante has been delayed once again - causing further heartbreak for his family.

Matthew Cryer’s long-suffering parents David Cryer and Joanne Froud were led to believe a four-year investigation into their son’s death was at last coming to an end.

Their optimism was based on meetings David and officers from Derbyshire Police had with an investigating magistrate in Zante this summer.

But now the family have been told the magistrate has been replaced and files on Matthew have remained unopened ever since.

A distressed David told The Star: “We have informed us that the magistrate we had the meeting with has been replaced with a new female investigator. It’s not the first time that this has happened and each time Matthew’s case is put on hold while the newly appointed magistrate considers the evidence once again.

“It’s so frustrating as the last magistrate led us to believe that things were at last moving.

“After four years the two men responsible for Matthew’s death were at last set to be dealt with. Now this has set us back again.”

David said he has been advised he can appeal to a judge but there is no guarantee it would be considered as judges in Greece are taking industrial action against the austerity cuts.

David added: “It just seems that every step forward we think we have taken the authorities in Greece take a step away from us.

“All we want is justice for our son Matthew, justice that is long overdue.”

Student Matthew, aged 17, of Killamarsh who was brought up in Frecheville, died in July 2008. The Greek authorities said it was an accident but witnesses at a Chesterfield inquest said the doormen attacked.

The coroner said the failing of Greek police investigating the death ‘beggared belief’.