A FAMILY fear they may never get justice for a dad killed while on holiday in Corfu.
Just hours after a Greek court postponed the trial of three people accused of causing his death, relatives of Joe Arthur opened their hearts and demanded justice for Joe.
Joe, 34, of Grindon, was on holiday with partner Leigh-Anne Bennett and children, Mollie, now 13, and Rhys, 11, when he was attacked in the street.
Greek medics claimed he suffered a heart attack, but a Sunderland coroner ordered a further two post-mortem examinations, which revealed he died of a brain haemorrhage from a blow to the head.
Now, Bridget Philipson, MP for Houghton and Sunderland South, has taken the family’s five-and-a-half year battle to the House of Commons to urge the Foreign Office to get involved.
Joe’s sister Tracy Page, 47, of Penshaw, said: “We are disgusted at the way we have been treated.
“I’ve cried every tear I can and I’m done crying now, I’m just really angry. We’ve fought at every step to get where we are today and I’m not giving up.”
Tracy, along with the rest of Joe’s family, flew out to Corfu after being told the trial into his death in September 2006 would finally be heard.
But they returned to Sunderland on Wednesday with their hopes dashed.
In Greece, courts have eight years to pursue a case and six have already been wasted by defence lawyers calling for adjournments.
In 2007, Greek police charged three people after Northumbria Police detectives flew to the island.
A barman, 45, is accused of landing the fatal blows and two medics who treated Joe in hospital were charged with neglect leading to manslaughter.
After a battle with the Greek justice system, a trial date was set for January 2010 and the family flew to Corfu.
But after 10 minutes, the trial was adjourned on medical grounds as one of the female doctors was pregnant and unable to stand trial.
The family travelled to the island again in April 2011, when the trial was adjourned after defence lawyers argued an official document had not been stamped.
On Monday, the trial was postponed again after defence lawyers claimed an interpreter was not available to tackle complex medical documents.
The trial is now scheduled for May 28 but the family fear it will be adjourned yet again.
Tracey said: “I don’t care what happens to them. I just want the truth to be heard. We can’t move on until then.
“We also have professional witnesses that have to travel every time. A neurosurgeon, pathologists and police detectives. How much longer can they keep coming? The defence lawyers know without them, the case will collapse but we will not stop now.”
Leigh-Anne, 37, added: “We can’t forget. Every day we go through it again.”
MP Bridget said: “I feel it’s an absolute disgrace that the family has been through such an ordeal, even to get to this point of the case and I understand how traumatic this has been for them.”
The family would like to thank Detective Chief Inspector Andy Potts and Detective Constable Chris Clarke, of Northumbria Police, who have helped them.
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