Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

MUM'S ANGUISH IN DEATH CASE; Balcony Plunge Dad Cleared of Murder

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

MUM'S ANGUISH IN DEATH CASE; Balcony Plunge Dad Cleared of Murder

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A DEVASTATED mother claimed she had "lost her son for nothing" after her ex-husband, who threw their six-year-old boy to his death, was cleared of murder.

A Greek court ruled John Hogan was incapable of deliberately killing Liam after the 33-year-old from Bristol said he was a "beautiful" father and "felt no guilt" about their 50ft plunge from a Crete hotel balcony.

Hogan, who hurled Liam from the fourth floor room before jumping himself with his two-year-old daughter Mia, will receive psychiatric treatment in Athens while his eventual fate is decided.

His ex-wife Natasha, who was in court, condemned the judging panel's decision and said yesterday what Hogan had done was "unforgivable".

The 35-year-old nurse, who now lives in Newport, Gwent, rushed out of court in tears after the verdict was interpreted to her.

Mrs Hogan said: "This result, albeit somewhat unexpected, has left me feeling that Liam lost his young life for nothing.

"I accept that an act in a moment of complete madness was uncharacteristic of John but to have done this to our children was unforgivable. …

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