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Jonathan Hiles' father may appeal Greece death outcome

The father of a Cardiff teenager killed in a Greek nightclub four years ago says he is still unsure whether to appeal a court's decision to clear a man over his death.

Andrew Symeou, 22, from Enfield, north London, was acquitted of Jonathan Hiles's manslaughter in Zakynthos on Friday.

Mr Hiles, 18, who fell from a dance podium, died from a brain injury.

His father Denzil said he will seek advice on his next move.

Mr Hiles, who was in Britain's roller hockey team, was on holiday in July 2007 in Zakynthos when he died, the day before his 19th birthday.

Mr Symeou was accused of punching the teenager in the face, knocking him out in the process and causing him to fall from the podium.

Mr Symeou had denied being in the nightclub at the time.

He was extradited to Greece to face trial in July 2009 and was the subject of a campaign to free him by the charity Fair Trials International.

Denzil Hiles, who arrived back at his Cardiff home at the weekend, told BBC Wales he will never get over losing his son and has a big decision to make.

"I will never get closure, my son is dead," he said.

"I can't draw a line under it and walk away and say that's it, he's dead, that's the end of his life and get on with mine.

"It's not right that you let a boy go on holiday and he comes back in a box. People get ill, people die, Jonathan wasn't ill."

Image caption Denzil Hiles says he will never get over the death of his son

Mr Hiles said he has until Friday to make up his mind whether to appeal.

"I have to ask the opinion of others about whether I should do it or not.

"Personally, at the moment I feel that I have no option but to do it.

"I don't honestly know whether it would benefit Andrew to go back to jail or benefit me.

"The last thing I want to do really is to cause hardship or pain to somebody."

Mr Hiles said he is unhappy about the way the case was dealt with in the UK and in Greece and that he will be seeking advice on what to do next.

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