A Black Country man freed on bail this week after being accused of murdering his girlfriend on Crete could now face lesser charges, his family said.
Luke Walker, 22, of Brierley Hill, was released from jail on Wednesday after spending 150 days on remand for allegedly killing his partner Chelsea Hyndman, 20, in May.
Luke, who denies he killed Chelsea, went for a beer with his family when he emerged from Neapolis prison, having been told by authorities he can go anywhere in Greece, rather than being confined to Crete.
And his brother Ryan, 28, who has stayed on the island throughout Luke’s jail term, said it now appeared that the murder charge may be dropped.
Ryan, who spent three hours filling in forms and paying 15,000 euros bail money, said: “Luke’s only speaking to me and our Mum and Dad at the moment – he’s just taking it all in.
“We are all very happy, obviously, but it feels a bit weird. He’s said how strange it is with Chelsea not being here. He’s happy, then sad, and just going through all the emotions.
“He’s never been here without Chelsea, so it’s a massive difference for him.
“Our Mum went up in a taxi to meet him when he came out of prison and we took him down to the square and had a bottle of beer.
“In two or three months we can put an application in to ask if he can go back to England. In that time we’re going to continue to try to get the medical records to get him cleared completely.
“The only condition of his bail is that he doesn’t leave Greece. It seems to have gone from being a massive thing right down the pecking order. There are no other rules attached to his bail.
“We haven’t had it fully translated yet, but we believe from what the public prosecutor has written that she’s dropping the seriousness of the charges.”
The family said they were visiting the Malia strip later, where a bar named after Chelsea has opened.