Jonathan Hiles inquest hears of death after Zante nightclub punch

A teenager died after being punched in a nightclub on the first day of a Greek holiday, a Cardiff inquest has heard. Jonathan Hiles from Cardiff was dancing with friends on the island of Zante in July 2007 when he was hit in the face. The 18-year-old hockey player then fell from a stage, hitting his head on the crowded dance floor. He later died in hospital in Athens. Holidaymaker Andrew Symeou, 25, from north London, was charged with manslaughter but acquitted in 2011.

Mr Symeou was in court in Cardiff for the inquest on Wednesday, alongside Mr Hiles’ friends and family. Mr Hiles had flown to the resort of Laganas with a group of friends to celebrate his forthcoming 19th birthday.

A man whose friend was accused of killing a Cardiff teenager in a Greek nightclub was beaten by officers and made to change his witness statement, an inquest has heard.

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