Inquest verdict on Greek island victim

Joe Arthur, killed in Greece

Joe Arthur, killed in Greece

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GREEK medics should have spotted the head injury dad Joe Arthur suffered days before he died, an inquest heard.

The 34-year-old, from Grindon, died in hospital in October 2006, three days after a street attack while on holiday in Corfu with partner Leigh-Anne Bennett and children Mollie, now 14, and Rhys, now 12.

Authorities in Greece recorded the cause of death as cardiac arrest.

But upon repatriation of his body, Joe’s family asked Northumbria Police to investigate further, and it was discovered he had suffered a brain haemorrhage.

At yesterday’s inquest at Sunderland Civic Centre, Dr Peter Cooper, the pathologist who carried out a post-mortem examination, said Joe showed injuries that “strongly suggested that there had been an assault.

“A medical student should have been able to tell there was a head injury.”

Recording a verdict of unlawful killing, Sunderland coroner Derek Winter said: “It seems to me from the evidence that Joe presented to hospital for medical treatment, and that basic medical treatment that could have been given to him was not provided.

“The failure in provision of appropriate care was directly linked to his death.”

Last month Greek medic Alexios Martzoukas was found guilty of involuntary manslaughter and sentenced to 30 months’ probation.

Joe’s sister Tracy Page, 47, yesterday spoke of the family’s relief that their ordeal in trying to uncover everything about his death was done.

She said: “We’re so pleased it’s over.

“The main thing now is for everyone in the family to get on with being with their own families again, because they have suffered over the years.”