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Family want justice for son savaged on holiday

PUBLISHED: 16:48 06 August 2008 | UPDATED: 11:50 12 August 2010

THE family of a talented footballer left for dead in Greece following a brutal assault by five British men said they are looking forward to looking his attackers in the eye in court.

THE family of a talented footballer left for dead in Greece following a brutal assault by five British men said they are looking forward to looking his attackers in the eye in court.

Rob Hughes, 27, had his head bottled and stamped on by the yobs outside a nightclub in an unprovoked attack in the popular holiday resort of Malia, Crete on June 17.

He was about to be signed by Bromley Football Club.

He was left in a coma and has since had three life saving operations, removing parts of his skull to reduce the swelling on his bleeding brain.

Relatives said he has regained semi-consciousness and is due to face another operation when he is fit enough for theatre.

His attackers, from the Surrey and Sussex areas, were allowed to fly home by Greek police because of a loophole on the law.

Mr Hughes' family, who have been 'crippled' by the expense of keeping vigil at his hospital bedside 24-hours a day, have vowed they won't come back to Britain without him. A family member said: "They left Rob for dead and we won't rest until we bring them to justice. We have to look at Robbie every day and it's just so sad for the whole family. It has been very distressing.

"It has put huge pressure on the whole family. We are all over tired and none of us can think straight. We are running off adrenalin.

"It has cost us a fortune to stay out here and we will be in debt when we get back to England but it doesn't matter how much it costs, even if we have to beg, steal or borrow we will stay.

"We want those men brought back here to face trial. We will stand with Rob and look them in the eye and say 'look what you did to him, we hope you're proud'.

The Hughes family are restricted in what they can say to the Times to make sure the court case is not prejudiced.

A family member added: "There is so much we would like to talk about we could write a book about it but the most important thing is getting those men back here to face trial. We can't wait to get Robbie home and we can't wait to get justice for him."

katherine.nelson@archant.co.uk

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