Date set for Robbie Hughes' attackers retrial
A law firm has agreed to pay to fly witnesses out to Greece as a mum's fight for justice for her son, left disabled from a vicious assault, continues.
But Wallington woman Maggie Hughes, mum of Robbie Hughes who was left brain damaged following an assault at the hands of a pack of thugs while on holiday in the Greek resort of Malia in 2008, said she is still facing an uphill battle to make sure the court case goes ahead and that more needs to be done to support victims of crime abroad.
Former Sutton United footballer Mr Hughes was set upon by a gang of youths while on holiday in the resort. The beating left him in a coma for two weeks and now he still has problems with his memory.
Robbie Hughes in hospital following the attack
Four men - Curtis Taylor, Sean Branton, Daniel Bell and Joseph Bruckland, all from Horley, Surrey - were found guilty of causing grievous bodily harm after a trial in Greece and sentenced to four years in jail in November last year after Mr Hughes and his mum fought a four year battle to get justice.
But the four men appealed the verdict meaning a retrial will take place and all the witnesses from the first trial will have to be flown out again, despite no costs from the first trial having been paid out.
Benjamin Herdman, left was cleared of any wrong doing but Taylor, Bell, Bruckland, and Banton were all found guilty.
The date for the retrial has been set for November 12 and law firm Irwin Mitchell has agreed to pay for witnesses to fly to Crete and stay there but Mrs Hughes says she still fears the trial may not take place as key witnesses - including her son - have not been summonsed to court.
She said: "As it stands only two witnesses have been summonsed and one of them is me. Robbie hasn't been summonsed and, as far as I know, none of the defendants have been summonsed.
"I'm grateful that Irwin Mitchell is paying for people to fly out and stay there but we've got people coming from up north and we will need to pay to put them up near the airport and then to pay ,for the connection from the airports to the hotel.
"If we get there, and no-one else has been summonsed and they adjourn it, it will have been a waste of money and we will face another battle to claim the money back.
"The point is that we, the victims, do not have any support. There has been a wall of silence. It feels like we have no rights whatsoever.
"It needs ministers to sit down and sort something out so that victims of crime abroad are properly supported."
The retrial will take place in Heraklion, on the Greek island of Crete
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