Murder suspect Luke Walker was today back in the arms of his family at his Brierley Hill home for the first time since his arrest in Greece more than two years ago.
Speaking from his home, the 24-year-old vowed to visit the grave of the girlfriend he is accused of killing on the holiday isle of Crete in May 2010.
Luke, who maintains his innocence over Chelsea Hyndman’s death, said: “Me being back home is not a celebration.
“I’d go back to Crete tomorrow to clear my name and get on with my life.
“I also want closure for Chelsea.
“I’m not in contact with Chelsea’s family but I will go to her grave in Castleford in Yorkshire to lay flowers.”
Electrician Luke is accused of beating 20-year-old Chelsea to death. But witnesses have come forward saying they had seen her fall over during a night out in the party resort of Malia, where the couple were living, and the defence claims that is how she received the injuries from which she died.
Luke said: “I never got to say goodbye to Chelsea because I was in prison when she died. The last time I saw her was in hospital, when she was being taken for an operation.
He continued today: “I said ‘I love you’ and she said she loved me.”
He spent six months in prison in Greece after Chelsea’s death before being allowed bail. But he had to remain in Crete pending the trial. He and his family were all set for his trial to begin in Heraklion, Crete’s capital, last week but proceedings were halted after key prosecution witnesses were not called.
The judge then made the surprise ruling that he could return to his Brierley Hill home until a new date was set.
He flew back with his father, Patrick, aged 55, and mother, Lindy, 61, and was welcomed at Heathrow last night by family members.
Luke said today: “It’s the first night I’ve slept straight through since Chelsea died.”