Mother’s anguish as court sends summons to her dead daughter

Chelsea Hyndman was found dead while working in Crete with boyfriend Luke Walker. Picture: Ross Parry Agency
Chelsea Hyndman was found dead while working in Crete with boyfriend Luke Walker. Picture: Ross Parry Agency
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A BUNGLING Greek court has summoned a Castleford woman – allegedly killed by her boyfriend in Crete – to be a witness at his trial next month, it has been claimed.

Tragic 20-year-old Chelsea Hyndman died while on holiday with boyfriend Luke Walker, 24, in Crete in May 2010.

Chelsea’s mother Heather Hyndman, 47, said the summons from the Greek court – calling for Chelsea to be a witness at Walker’s trial on October 16 – left her upset and said she “couldn’t believe it.”

Walker has been charged with causing Chelsea’s death by actual bodily harm.

Heather Hyndman said she has faced a wall of silence from the Greek authorities and claims the letter addressed to Chelsea is the first she has heard about the date of Walker’s trial.

She is still waiting to find out why Chelsea was sent the summons, but added she felt completely unsupported by the British or Greek authorities. “The Greek court said it was nothing to do with me because I’m not a witness – it’s my daughter, how can it be nothing to do with me? The Greek police haven’t spoken to me once.”

Chelsea and her boyfriend Walker, of the West Midlands, had gone to Malia in Crete to work for the summer in 2010.

She died a day after being admitted to hospital in Heraklion suffering severe abdominal pain.

Chelsea was transferred to Venizelio hospital where she had an emergency operation, but died in the intensive care unit, of ruptured internal organs.

Walker was initially charged with her murder, but it was downgraded to causing death by actual bodily harm. He denies the charge, claiming Chelsea’s injuries were caused by a fall. He was released on bail in October 2010, on the condition he remains in Crete.

Heather Hyndman said: “There are so many unanswered questions. I just hope we can get some answers.”

Heather Hyndman, her partner Neil Lorriman and their family are planning to fly out to Malia for the trial, which is due to start on October 16. She said: “Some days are worse than others, like when it was her birthday last week.

“ I’ve got my other daughter Mia, who’s eight, so I’m lucky I’ve got her to wake up for. We miss her (Chelsea), and Mia misses her – they were so close.” She added: “I think we are getting on with life the best we can, and things like this bring it all back again.

“I’m dreading going to court, I’m just glad my family can be with me.”