Exclusive: Family release statement on Chelsea trial verdict

Family of Chelsea Hyndman,from Castleford, who was killed in Crete two years ago -mum Heather Hyndman, her partner Neil Lorriman and their daughter Mia
Family of Chelsea Hyndman,from Castleford, who was killed in Crete two years ago -mum Heather Hyndman, her partner Neil Lorriman and their daughter Mia

The family of Castleford woman Chelsea Hyndman have released a statement in response to her boyfriend’s conviction for causing her death.

Chelsea, 20, died in Crete in May 2010 of severe internal injuries. Her boyfriend Luke Walker, 25, of the West Midlands was convicted of grevious bodily harm yesterday and given an eight-year suspended sentence at a court on the island.

Heather Hyndman and her partner Neil Lorriman have issued the following statement: “In 2010 we lost Chelsea, and nothing that happened here in Crete this week was ever going to change that or ease that pain.

“Since that time we have sought the truth and have always said we wanted to wait until we had seen all the evidence of the case before we would draw our own conclusions.

“Yesterday we finally heard all the facts from both sides and much of this was very difficult to hear for us, we have relived the nightmare over the last two days, as we’re sure have the other family and friends of both Chelsea and Luke.

“Yesterday’s verdict was no cause for us to celebrate, another young life has been affected but we believe the decision was the correct one in light of the evidence we saw in court.

“We would like to take this opportunity the thank our family and friends for their valuable support over the last three years who have given us the strength to continue in the dark times.

“We would like to particularly mention the staff of Wilkinson in Castleford and Chelsea’s friends in Castleford whose efforts in fundraising have been tireless and given us much needed assistance to do the best we could for Chelsea.

“Lastly we would like to thank our legal team Mr Kyriakou and Mr Klidaras for excellent work on our behalf and advice throughout.”

See Thursday’s Express for an interview with the couple.