Family prepare for Chelsea death trial

Family of Chelsea Hyndman,from Castleford, who was killed in Crete two years ago -mum Heather Hyndman, her partner Neil Lorriman and their daughter Mia
Family of Chelsea Hyndman,from Castleford, who was killed in Crete two years ago -mum Heather Hyndman, her partner Neil Lorriman and their daughter Mia

The family of Castleford woman Chelsea Hyndman are preparing to travel to Crete to see the man accused of causing her death go on trial next week.

Chelsea, 20, (pictured inset) died in May 2010 of ruptured internal organs after being admitted to hospital with severe abdominal pains while she and her boyfriend, Luke Walker, 24 were living and working in Malia.

Greek prosecutors claim Walker beat Chelsea up and he is accused causing her death by actual bodily harm, a charge he denies, claiming her injuries were caused by a fall.

The trial had been due to start last October, but was adjourned after a witness had not been called.

Walker, of Brierley Hill, West Midlands, who had been held on remand for five months, then bailed with the condition he remain in Cyprus, was allowed to return to the UK until the trial resumed.

Chelsea’s mother Heather Hyndman, 47, of Princess Street, said: “I’m more prepared and more ready than last time. I’ve been through it all before, so I know what to expect.

“I just hope it will be over and done with before the courts close down over there for the summer.”

Greek courts close on July 1, and while the trial is due to last only a few days, it can be interrupted if the judge has to deal with other cases.

Heather said: “Hopefully they will have a bit of compassion and appreciate how far we have all travelled, and hopefully I will get some answers.”

She and her partner Neil Lorriman will be represented in court by a Greek solicitor, and they are arranging to have a translator to help them follow proceedings.

The trial comes at the same time as the third anniversary of Chelsea’s death.

Heather said: “We set off a lantern for her and spent time with family. It’s hard most days, but it’s even harder this day.”