Inquest into death of Norfolk man attacked in Greece may not be held in UK

Iain Armstrong, who was allegedly murdered on the Greek island of Ithaca. PHOTO: Courtesy of Iain Ar

Iain Armstrong, who was allegedly murdered on the Greek island of Ithaca. PHOTO: Courtesy of Iain Armstrong's family - Credit: Archant

Investigations are ongoing into the death of a man who was killed in an assault on a Greek island.

A review into the death of Iain Armstrong, 40, from Belton, near Great Yarmouth, was held at Norfolk Coroner's Court on Tuesday, January 12, by area coroner Yvonne Blake.

Mr Armstrong, who worked for Seaforths, a corporate travel agency based in Great Yarmouth and Oulton Broad,  was found dead in the Familia Hotel on the island of Ithaca on November 17, 2019.

The area coroner said there were criminal proceedings ongoing in Greece.

She said no decisions had been made on whether an inquest would be held in Britain and a review was due to take place on July 9.

During the inquest opening, the medical cause of death was “unascertained” but in November 2019, local media in Greece reported that a post-mortem examination  revealed Mr Armstrong died as a result of a brain haemorrhage, with 54-year-old Kostas Skarmeas named as the alleged attacker.

Further local news reports said a 54-year-old man had been charged with murder and released on bail on "restrictive terms".



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