Appeal hearing for men convicted of beating Englishman on Crete

hughesCurtis Taylor, Daniel Bell, Sean Branton, all from Horley, and Joseph Bruckland, from Hookwood, were found guilty of grievous bodily harm by a Greek court in 2012.

Ex-Croydon Athletic midfielder Rob Hughes was kicked, bottled and stamped on so badly in 2008 while on holiday in Crete that he was hooked up to a life support machine for a month. He still suffers memory loss.

His attackers were given four-year suspended sentences at a trial in 2012, but immediately appealed their convictions.

They were allowed to return to the UK until the “retrial” which, after it was adjourned last year, was due to start yesterday.

Mrs Hughes, who successfully campaigned to change the law to improve victims’ rights across Europe, has also this week raised concerns over European Arrest Warrants. The power, valid across all member states of the European Union, was used to summon Taylor, Bell, Branton and Bruckland to Crete for the initial trial.

The Horley men and their families initially took their battle to avoid extradition all the way to the High Court.

Surrey Mirror

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