PM To Meet Mother Of Stab Teenager
David Cameron will meet the mother of a British teenager who was stabbed to death in a 30-man brawl outside a nightclub in Malia, Crete.
The Prime Minister said he was "very happy" to meet the mother of 19-year-old Tyrell Matthews-Burton who was killed in the holiday resort on July 23.
Mr Cameron made his commitment after the teenager's constituency MP, Labour's Stella Creasy (Walthamstow), said the only thing the Greek authorities had done for his family was to send his clothes back.
Turning to Mr Cameron during Prime Minister's Questions, Ms Creasy said:
"Tyrell Matthews-Burton was a bright 19-year-old with everything to live for from Walthamstow whose only crime was to be in the wrong place at the wrong time.
"Yet two months on from his brutal murder in Crete the only contact the Greek authorities have had with his family is to send home the clothes he was wearing that night in the post.
"Will you meet with me and his grieving mother to see how we can get justice for Tyrell?"
Mr Cameron replied:
"I'm very happy to hold that meeting. I think it is really important to do everything we can to help families that are put in this position.
"To be fair to our consular services around the world they do cope I think extremely well, they try to go the extra mile, they work very hard, and I know the Foreign Office encourages them in all that they do.
"But there are cases where things don't work out in the way that they should and where we struggle to get answers from other countries about their justice systems and what's happening and I'm very happy to hold the meeting that she speaks about."
Myles Litchmore-Dunbar, also 19 and from east London, faces a year in a Greek prison cell awaiting trial for the murder of Mr Burton but denies stabbing him and says he has no idea how a bloody knife was found in his hotel room following the fight.