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Man charged with Crete murder of girlfriend vows to clear name

Luke Walker, 24, is on bail in the UK he said he will clear his name Photo: PA

The man on trial for the death of his girlfriend on the Greek island of Crete is now back in the UK on bail and said he will clear his name.

Luke Walker is 24-years-old from Brierley Hill, he was living on the Greek island with his girlfriend Chelsea Hyndman, 21, when he was arrested for her murder in May 2010.

The couple were in Malia when Chelsea collapsed with pains in her stomach Credit: ITV

The couple were in Malia when Chelsea collapsed with pains in her stomach, she was rushed to hospital for emergency surgery but died from her injuries. It was three days later when Luke was arrested.

Luke Waker was arrested in Crete after his girlfriend died Credit: ITV

Greek prosecutors claimed she was beaten by Luke but he says she fell during a night out. He spent five months in jail in Crete awaiting his trial, he was then granted bail but was not allowed to leave the island.

Two weeks ago his trial was adjourned and he was allowed to return to the UK.

He has described his life since being arrested as a "nightmare", he said conditions in prison for the five months he spent there were difficult.

"It has been a nightmare, the hardest time of my life.

"In prison I was in an eight man cell that sometimes had seventeen in it. We would run out of water, there would be fights."

– Luke Walker

Luke Walker and his family have so far paid £24,000 for his bail and prison which has left the family in financial difficulty.

There will now be a jury inquest in the UK as the body of Chelsea Hyndman was repatriated.

When asked what his gut feeling was Luke Walker said he felt confident he will be cleared.

"I'm innocent so I'm confident that I'll be cleared, because I've got innocence on my side, there's no reason for me to think otherwise."

– Luke Walker

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