Timeline: Liam Hogan death after balcony fall in Greece


15 August 2006

John Hogan and his two children fall 50ft (15m) from the fourth floor balcony of the four-star Petra Mare Hotel in Ierapetra on Crete.

Liam Hogan, six, suffers fatal head injuries. Mia, two, suffers a broken arm and Mr Hogan suffers leg, chest and arm injuries.

18 August 2006

A Foreign Office spokesperson confirms that Mr Hogan is under police guard at the University General Hospital in Heraklion, Crete and faces arrest on suspicion of the murder of his son Liam and the attempted murder of his daughter Mia.

Mr Hogan's wife, Natasha, 34, returns to the UK with their daughter Mia.

20 August 2006

The body of six-year-old Liam is flown back to the UK.

22 August 2006

An inquest into Liam's death is opened and adjourned at Flax Bourton near Bristol "pending further inquiries by the Greek authorities".

In a statement, Natasha Hogan says her husband was not drunk at the time of the incident, and that he had always been a caring father.

29 August 2006

Liam's funeral service is held at the Holy Trinity Church Bradley Stoke. The 40-minute service is attended by 300 mourners.

31 August 2006

Mr Hogan is charged with the murder of his son, the attempted murder of his daughter and attempted suicide.

He is held in prison in Korydallos, Athens, where he makes an unsuccessful attempt to kill himself.

15 August 2007

Mr Hogan is told he will spend a further six months in a Greek jail before his trial begins. He receives treatment in a psychiatric ward and is understood to be unfit to stand trial.

23 January 2008

A Greek court finds Mr Hogan not guilty of murder after a two-day trial in Hania on Crete.

The court rules that he was "incapable" of murdering his son because of his mental state.

The senior judge at the trial, said: "His responsibility was diminished.

"He was incapable of murdering his son and he needs to be in a psychiatric unit for therapy."

The court orders him to be detained in a psychiatric unit for a minimum of three years.

April 2008

Avon Coroner Paul Forrest, at a resumed inquest at the Kings Weston House in Bristol, finds that Mr Hogan unlawfully killed Liam.

He said: "The evidence in this inquest, unchallenged, clearly and beyond reasonable doubt demonstrated that the act of pushing the children off the balcony was one which no reasonable and sober person would have perpetrated.

"The facts were abundantly clear in that the children were seen to be pushed off the balcony, objectively an unlawful act," he said.

4 November 2008

Mr Hogan wins permission to challenge the inquest verdict of unlawful killing after the High Court rules that his case raises "serious points that are plainly arguable".

4 December 2008

Mr Hogan loses his legal bid to return to the UK when his application to be transferred to a psychiatric unit in Britain is rejected by a special court hearing in Athens.

May 2009

The High Court overturns the inquest ruling of unlawful killing as the question of Mr Hogan's mental state "was simply not addressed".

Judges order that the case should go back "for further consideration" before a different coroner because the verdict was flawed.

15 June 2009

Magistrates in Athens decide Mr Hogan has made an adequate recovery and will not pose a threat to other passengers or himself during the flight back to Britain.

Mr Hogan returns to the UK after spending 16 months in a psychiatric unit in Greece.

10 July 2011

A new inquest is set for Flax Bourton coroner's court, near Bristol.

28 November 2011

A new inquest is opened at Flax Bourton coroner's court near Bristol. Much of the day is taken up with hearing witness statements from the previous inquest.

29 November 2011

John Hogan was not mentally ill when he killed his six-year-old son by pushing him off a hotel balcony in Crete five years ago, the inquest is told.

30 November 2011

The second inquest into Liam Hogan's death returns a verdict of unlawful killing.