Fight for justice for soldier to continue

112754-647_TERRY_JEANS_SR_5/8/11'Terry Jeans recieves more news from Croatia where the man who was convicted for killing his son Simon Jeans 15 years ago, is is set to have his 11 month suspended sentence increased.''Picture:Steve Reid 112754-647
112754-647_TERRY_JEANS_SR_5/8/11'Terry Jeans recieves more news from Croatia where the man who was convicted for killing his son Simon Jeans 15 years ago, is is set to have his 11 month suspended sentence increased.''Picture:Steve Reid 112754-647
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A HEARING to appeal against the sentencing of a man who was found guilty of killing a soldier will take place later this month.

Terry Jeans, from Bridgemary in Gosport, has spent 16 years travelling to Croatia visiting courts after his son, Private Simon Jeans, died in 1996.

In June last year, one of his attackers, Dejan Skaro, was found guilty of hitting the 25-year-old on the head with a rock.

Skaro was given a suspended sentence, which lawyers have appealed.

Mr Jeans, 66, said campaigning for justice for his son has been a struggle.

‘It’s been mental torture,’ he said.

‘It’s taken 16 years and look at the amount of damage it’s done to me. I lost my house over it.

‘My health has suffered. I’m a broken person because of it.

‘But I had to stick at it to try and get justice for my son Simon – I didn’t give up on him.’

Pte Jeans died in hospital from a brain haemorrhage following an attack by a group of thugs when he was enjoying a night out with friends.

Mr Jeans has now heard from the Croatian Supreme Court to say that the hearing will take place in Croatia on Tuesday, March 27.