Briton arrested after girlfriend beaten to death in Crete

By Joe Sinclair,Press Association
Sunday 23 October 2011 04:00

A British man has been arrested in Crete after the death of his girlfriend, the Foreign Office confirmed today.

Greek police said the man was arrested on suspicion of beating his girlfriend to death.

A Foreign Office spokeswoman said: "We can confirm that a British national died yesterday in Crete.

"We understand that a British national was detained on Sunday."

She said both the man and the woman's family were being provided with consular assistance.

The 22-year-old man is facing charges of causing fatal bodily injury.

His 21-year-old girlfriend died yesterday, a day after she was admitted to hospital in Heraklion suffering from severe abdominal pain.

Heraklion police said the woman suffered ruptured internal organs, "evidently caused by the use of physical violence".

She underwent surgery but died in the hospital's intensive care unit.

The suspect was named locally as Luke Walker while his girlfriend was named as Chelsea Hyndman.

A tribute page set up on Facebook attracted more than 200 members.

Natalie Sloper, who created the page, wrote: "Chelsea Hyndman was one of the most awesome, kindest, fantastic girls you could ever meet.

"Recently she has passed away leaving as all shocked and grieving at this sudden loss.

"I am starting this page so that all who knew her can share stories, good times, witty anecdotes, foul mouthed comments from this wonderful girl.

"Chelsea you will be missed so much. Thank you for touching my life the way you did, you made moments I'll never forget!"

It is understood the incident took place in the coastal holiday resort of Malia, where Ms Hyndman was working.

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