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Man may face trial over death of son (6)

Emma Hallett and Rod Minchin

Published 03/12/2011 | 05:00

A father who killed his six-year-old son by pushing him off a hotel balcony while on holiday in Greece could be prosecuted in the UK.

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Liam Hogan was on holiday in Crete with his father John, pictured -- whose parents are from Ireland -- mother Natasha and younger sister Mia when he died in August 2006.

On Wednesday a second inquest into Liam's death, held in Bristol, ruled he was unlawfully killed and prompted prosecutors to re-consider whether Hogan should face trial in a British court.

Hogan (37) had already faced a jury in Greece where he was cleared of the murder after they decided he had been suffering from an "earthquake of insanity".

The new inquest heard evidence from eyewitnesses who saw Hogan stand behind his two children and push them off the fourth floor balcony before jumping 50ft to the ground himself.

Liam died from severe head injuries and his sister, then aged two, survived with a broken arm.

The former tiler was too ill to attend the three-day hearing as he is receiving treatment under the Mental Heath Act at a psychiatric unit.

In reaching her verdict, Coroner Maria Voisin ruled that: "Insanity, having properly been raised in this inquest, has been disproved beyond reasonable doubt."

Hogan had gone on holiday with his then wife in a bid to salvage their marriage.

His former wife, Natasha Visser, has remarried and emigrated to Australia with Mia, now aged seven.

Irish Independent

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