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Post-mortem test 'supports Crete murder accused's case'

Luke Walker being escorted by police
Luke Walker (r) has been remanded in custody on a charge of murder

A man accused of murdering his 21-year-old girlfriend on Crete has received a boost to his claims of innocence.

Chelsea Hyndman, from Castleford, died on 17 May. Her boyfriend Luke Walker, 22, of Brierley Hill in the West Midlands, has been charged with murder.

Greek police allege that Mr Walker beat Miss Hyndman in a jealous rage.

His father said a UK post-mortem test showed Miss Hyndman suffered only one injury, adding credence to his claim she was wounded when she fell on glass.

MP support

The BBC's Athens correspondent, Malcolm Brabant, said the case against Mr Walker was "almost entirely" based on a post-mortem examination conducted by a Greek pathologist, who said Miss Hyndman's pancreas was ruptured after she was punched.

Mr Walker's father Patrick said the second post-mortem, carried out in Yorkshire, confirmed Miss Hyndman suffered one blow rather than multiple hits.

The Walker family claim she fell heavily on to her abdomen during a night out in the Cretan resort of Malia.

Mr Walker has been charged with pre-meditated murder.

He has been remanded in prison and could stay there for up to 18 months while a trial date is arranged.

The MP for Stourbridge, Margot James, has taken up his case and a campaign page on the Facebook website, protesting his innocence, has attracted more than 2,000 supporters.



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