The father of a Northampton student, who is accused of murder, says he believes new evidence could see his son return home for Christmas.
Myles Litchmore-Dunbar has been imprisoned in Crete since July last year after he was charged with stabbing Tyrell Matthews-Burton during a fight in Malia. A trial date has been set for October 17.
Mr Dunbar’s legal team has now been given full access to files which, they say, show no evidence to link the 20-year-old to the murder.
Mr Dunbar’s father, Chris, said he believes there is “no case to answer” and that his son, who is studying for a degree in economics at the University of Northampton, should be home for Christmas.
He said: “This is what we have argued all along, but the Crete judiciary has disregarded everything we have said.
“It’s a relief to have a court date and, if it is a fair trial, the truth will finally come to light, despite the failings by the Crete police.”
A spokesperson for Mr Dunbar’s legal team, Virgo Consultancy Services, said the new evidence contained “a number of shocking discrepancies, including no physical or forensic evidence linking him to the murder; false and contradictory statements from others; and insufficient pictures of the crime scene.
“Substantial CCTV footage of the incident is being analysed by a UK expert and potential witnesses who filmed the altercation from balconies are urged to come forward.”
Hilary Brown, of Virgo Consultancy Services, said: “We are astonished he was ever charged. There was obviously little or no investigation conducted, yet a young man has spent a year in a foreign jail.
“We are not here to do the job of the Crete police, but we feel they have not done their job at all.”
The legal team also expressed “dismay” at a lack of involvement by British authorities.