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Holiday attack victim making slow progress’

PUBLISHED: 16:12 02 July 2008 | UPDATED: 11:39 12 August 2010

CONCERN: Football ace Rob Hughes in his Crete hospital bed.

CONCERN: Football ace Rob Hughes in his Crete hospital bed.

THE family of a man beaten in to a coma by a bunch of yobs in Greece say his recovery progress is slow. Football ace Rob Hughes, 27,

THE family of a man beaten in to a coma by a bunch of yobs in Greece say his recovery progress is slow.

Football ace Rob Hughes, 27, remains in hospital at the holiday resort of Malia in Crete after being attacked on June 17 and left for dead by five men who assaulted him, as reported in the Times.

He subsequently had to have two life saving operations to remove chunks of his skull to ease the pressure on his swollen bleeding brain, battered by the yobs jumping and kicking his head during the unprovoked attack.

Meanwhile the men who allegedly carried out the assault were allowed to travel back to the their homes in Surrey and Sussex by Greek police because of a legal loophole in the country's law.

Mark Goldberg, manager of Bromley Football Club, to whom Mr Hughes was about to be signed, said: "I have been getting updates from the family every day who tell me Rob is making very slow progress.

"They are trying to bring him very slowly out of the coma now. He has opened his eyes a couple of times. Apparently they were talking about football and he started breathing more heavily and tried to open his eyes like he wanted to join in.

"We are not sure how many of his senses he has but we're all praying that he makes a full recovery.

"The family have been in frequent contact with lawyers out there. It's a case of being patient with them."

In Greek law, if a person is arrested, either at the time he or she commits a crime or no longer than 24 hours later, the courts must immediately press charges and bring the person to trial on the same or the next day. This is called the 'fragrante delicto' procedure.

However, Mr Hughes' friends who he was holidaying with, did not report the attack immediately because they were sitting by his bedside.

His mother and father, Margaret and David Hughes remain in Crete with Mr Hughes' girlfriend of 11 years, Charlotte Kent.

Speaking after the attack, Miss Kent, 25, said: "I'm not leaving Crete until he comes with me.

"We're all in a state of shock, we feel lost. The thought that the people who did this to him could just walk away without punishment is just unthinkable."

katherine.nelson@archant.co.uk


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