Family wait for new trial date
THE family of Castleford woman Chelsea Hyndman are still waiting for news of when a new trial into her death in Crete will take place.
The 20-year-old died of ruptured internal organs in May 2010, while working on the island with her boyfriend Luke Walker. He denies causing her death by actual bodily harm but his trial was adjourned last month after just half an hour because key witnesses had not been called.
Walker, 24, of the West Midlands, was granted bail and allowed to return to Britain until the case is heard again, arriving back in the UK last week. He had previously been on bail on condition he remained in Crete.
Greek prosecutors claim Walker beat Chelsea, causing her injuries, but he claims she fell during a night out in Malia, where they had been living.
Chelsea’s mother, Heather Hyndman, 47, still faces a four-week wait to find out when the case will go ahead – expected to be some time next year – but says she is trying to remain positive.
She said: “Our lawyer said it’s really a good thing, because it gives him more time to prepare and gather all the information he needs. We’ve also realised we will need to hire our own translator in court, so we can get that organised.
“It was heartbreaking at first, but it’s better for Chelsea, because we can give her a better defence, and I’ve just got to keep thinking that.”
Heather added that although she had been steeling herself for the ordeal of the court case, it had been difficult to face Walker in court.
She said: “It was the first time I’d seen Luke since it happened, and the courts over there are nothing like ours. It was a shock seeing Luke, it was a bit too much for me, but I’ll be better prepared for when we go over there again.
“I got a bit upset when he was allowed home. It does seem unfair he can spend Christmas with his family, but ours will never be complete again.”
Heather, of Princess Street, said the family was now trying to resume normal life until the case was heard. She added: “We’ve got to give Mia a good Christmas, and just plod on and not let it get us down too much.
“I just feel bad for my family who all came over and were with me, and took time off work and it only lasted half an hour. For something so little as two witnesses, it’s cost everyone so much.”
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