Crete death boyfriend charged with murder
Thursday 20 May 2010
A British man was charged with the murder of his girlfriend and remanded in custody when he appeared in a court in Crete today, his lawyer said.
Chelsea Hyndman, 21, died on the Greek island on Monday after suffering ruptured internal organs which doctors said were caused by physical violence.
Luke Walker, 22, of Brierley Hill, West Midlands, appeared before a court in Heraklion, the island's largest city, where he was formally charged with murder.
His lawyer George Koundourakis said he hoped Walker would be granted bail before his trial.
He said: "He is in prison now but we are going to file an appeal for bail next week.
"It is too early to say when the trial will be."
It was originally thought Walker would face a lesser charge of causing fatal bodily injury.
Ms Hyndman's mother described her as "full of life" and a "perfect daughter".
Heather Hyndman issued a statement through police last night which said: "We are devastated by Chelsea's death - we cannot believe what has happened.
"The last time we saw her was when she set off for Greece with her friends embarking on a new adventure in her life.
"Chelsea was full of life, very outgoing and a perfect daughter. We have lost not just a daughter but a best friend."
Ms Hyndman was from Castleford, West Yorkshire, and a former pupil of Castleford High School.
Her mother said she left a younger sister, Mia, six, whom she treated like her own daughter.
Ms Hyndman died a day after she was admitted to hospital in Heraklion suffering from severe abdominal pain.
She was transferred to the Venizelio hospital where she underwent an emergency operation but died in the intensive care unit.
A tribute page set up on Facebook attracted more than 250 members.
Friends of Ms Hyndman said she was "one of the most awesome, kindest, fantastic girls you could ever meet".
Walker's brother Ryan wrote on his Facebook page: "Luv u Chelsea xxx."
It is understood Ms Hyndman and Walker were intending to spend the summer working on the island.
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