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Killer father must stay in Greece

Liam Hogan
Liam, aged six, died of head injuries in the fall in August 2006

A father from Bristol who killed his six-year-old son by leaping from a hotel balcony in Crete, has lost his latest legal bid to return to the UK.

The psychiatric hospital, in Greece, where Mr Hogan is being treated, had recommended that he be transferred to a similar unit in Britain.

But the application was rejected by a special court hearing in Athens.

He will remain in Greece for a further six months when he is allowed to make another appeal.

The director of the clinic, Thanasis Kosmopolous, said they were disappointed by the decision.

He said doctors were convinced Mr Hogan would make an even speedier recovery if placed in a British environment with more familiar people speaking English.

His son Liam, six, died of head injuries and his sister Mia, then two years old, broke several bones in the 50ft fall at the Petra Mare Hotel in Crete in August 2006.

At his trial in January 2008, a prison psychiatrist said Hogan had suffered a psychotic episode when he leapt from the sixth floor balcony and was incapable of murder.

Hogan's daughter Mia now lives in Australia with his former wife Natasha.



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