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Malia murder: 'Our son is not a killer'

APPEAL: Parents of Myles Litchmore-Dunbar (pictured) accused of fatally stabbing British teen in Malia appeal for witnesses

THE ANGUISHED parents of the 19-year old charged with the murder of a fellow British man holidaying in Malia are now fighting to clear their son’s name.

University student Myles Litchmore-Dunbar is accused of stabbing Tyrell Matthews-Burton, of Leyton, east London, during a fight involving up to 30 British tourists outside a nightclub on the Greek island of Crete.

But his mother, Carole and father, Chris, believe their son – who could spend up to a year in prison awaiting trial – has been wrongfully accused.

DESPERATE

Carole Litchmore has made a desperate appeal for witnesses to come forward to the Greek consulate with information about the tragic events that occurred on the evening of July 22. They have until Friday (Aug 2).

The family has also started a fundraising campaign to help fund a legal appeal.

“It is an absolute nightmare for the family but we’re functioning because we have to," Litchmore told The Voice: “Myles is a charming young man. He has a very mature level head. He lives by the Christian values we raised him with. His role is always that of the peacemaker.

“I feel Myles has been the fall guy. As far as the Greek police are concerned, they have their man. Myles isn’t part of any gang world but it’s always the innocent ones who end up taking the blame. The ones with a real criminal mindset know how to handle themselves and have long disappeared.”

The teenager has just completed his first year of an economics degree at the University of Northampton and also models part-time.

Litchmore rubbished any suggestions that her son – and many of the other young men who were rounded up by Greek police – were involved in gangs, a claim made by officers.

She added: “Myles is a man with a good family network. He has never been in trouble with the law and he would never think of hurting anyone. He aspires to become an investment banker and was looking forward to returning to university to start his second year. He spent his 18th birthday with his family – that’s the kind of boy he is.”

Litchmore told The Voice that her son had worked as a telemarketer to raise the money to pay for the trip to the popular holiday destination.

SPEAK

The 49-year-old mother, who is now in Greece with other family members, urged witnesses “who saw what happened on the night, especially just before the fight started to contact the police to speak about what they saw” in a bid to prove her son’s innocence.

Litchmore-Dunbar’s defence solicitor, Theoharis Velakouras, said he was convinced of Myles’ innocence.


FACING TRIAL: Northampton University student Myles Litchmore-Dunbar

He said: “[Myles] stayed until the end of the fight and if he was the murderer he was going to disappear, but he stayed around.”

The lawyer added that Myles had tried to break up the fight and made no attempt to hide his bloodied clothes which were found on the bed of his hotel room.

“He also points out he has no injuries which is further evidence he was not involved in the fight…the evidence will prove his innocence,” Velakouras added.

A young woman who claims to be an eyewitness has already agreed to fly back to Crete to say that she saw Myles trying to break up the fight, Litchmore said.

On a website called The Myles Fund a note from the family reads: “Over the last few days you may or may not have heard about an incident involving our mutual son Myles Litchmore-Dunbar. Ignoring the falsified reports being spread by the media we are united as a family to bring Myles home and would appreciate your support in doing so.”

Two other Britons – Dejon Anaughe and Jordan Williams, both 19–have since been released on bail in relation to the fight that led to Tyrell’s death. All three appeared at Heraklion central court in Crete on Monday.

Sixteen others accused of affray are believed to have returned to the UK.

Meanwhile, the body of the deceased - described as a “little gentleman" by those who knew him – has already been flown home to the UK. It has been reported that Tyrell died hours after celebrating his 19th birthday. He was stabbed twice.

The mother of the accused added: “Our whole family has been praying for his mother. I feel sick for his mother. I know I am lucky my son is still alive.”

A Foreign Office spokesman said: “We are in touch with the local authorities and stand ready to provide consular assistance."

Malia has recently become one of the most popular destinations in the region for young British tourists. The Foreign Office estimates that about two million people travel annually from the UK to Greece.

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