Holidaymaker's relief after Greece road crash case dropped

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Holidaymaker's relief after Greece road crash case dropped


A British man has told of his relief after a case against him following a holiday road accident in Greece has been dropped.

Matthew Stevenson, of Norwich, said his family have been through "six months of hell" after the road crash four years ago.

According to the BBC, Mr Stevenson and his wife Sandra were on holiday in Rhodes in 2008 when they collided with a motorcyclist who suffered a broken leg.

On Friday morning the pair were told by a Greek court that the case has been dropped.

Speaking to EDP24, 57-year-old Stevenson said: "We have gone through six months of hell, at a cost of over £3,000, just for this guy to drop the charges – which he could have done right at the start. The mental anguish and stress have been far in excess of the money.

"To hear that all that had been lifted was such a relief. We didn't want to swing from the chandeliers and crack open the bubbly – there is so much relief, but there is anger there as well."

Both Mr and Mrs Stevenson work in hospital operating theatres.

They were not accused of any crime at the time of the accident but last year received a letter in Greek saying Mr Stevenson would go on trial on 31 May and could face a three-year prison sentence but was not told the exact charges.

Norfolk MEP Richard Howitt, who called in specialist lawyers to help with Mr Stevenson's case, told EDP24: "I'm delighted for Matthew and his family that today it is reported the case against him has been dropped.

"He has been treated appallingly by the Greek system of justice, most especially by being told out quite out of the blue four and a half years after the road accident that he would be tried in court."

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