More heartache for family of Sunderland dad killed in Corfu

Joe Arthur, killed in Greece in 2006 aged 34
Joe Arthur, killed in Greece in 2006 aged 34
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A MEDIC found guilty of causing the death of a 
Sunderland dad on a foreign holiday has failed in a bid to have his conviction overturned.

Grindon man Joe Arthur died following a street 
attack in the Greek resort of 
Corfu in September 2006 while on a break with girlfriend 
Leigh-Anne Bennett and their son Rhys, now 13, and Leigh-Anne’s daughter Mollie, now 15.

Joe died in hospital three days after the assault.

Greek medics claimed the 
Sunderland supporter had suffered a heart attack, but a Wearside coroner ordered further post-mortem examinations, which revealed he died of a brain haemorrhage from a blow to the head.

Radley Vorster, a South African barman accused of throwing the deadly blow, and Sofia Vlaseou, a medic who treated him, were both found not guilty of the 34-year-old’s manslaughter in June 2012.

However, a second medic, Alexios Martzoukas, was found guilty of involuntary manslaughter and sentenced to 30 months probation.

Earlier this month, a hearing to quash the guilty verdict was heard at court in Corfu but Martzoukas was unsuccessful.

Several members of Joe’s family and Leigh-Anne travelled to the hearing as well as Home Office pathologist Nigel Cooper and former Northumbria Police Detective Chief Inspector Andy Potts, who is now retired.

Joe’s sister, Tracy Page, 49, said hearing the evidence relating to Joe’s death again was “harrowing”.

The hairdresser, from Penshaw, said: “We were sat in the court from 9am until almost 9pm at night. I thought it was harrowing that he (Martzoukas) has dragged us through the whole thing again.

“We’ve had to pay a lot money to get over there and it felt like it was never-ending at times.”

Tracy added: “I think Martzoukas was astounded at what they said, but we think it’s the right decision. It would have been unfair to overturn it because there’s no 
getting away from the truth.

“He didn’t acknowledge any of the family at all even though we were in court for almost 12 hours.

“It was a horrible experience but hopefully now we can move on.”

Tracey added that Joe’s family wanted to express their gratitude to Dr Cooper and Mr Potts for their help since his death.

“We are all really grateful for their support over the past eight years,” she added.

“They’ve been amazing.”