Gosport father hopes for an end to murder trial

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A FATHER who has campaigned for 15 years for justice after the death of his son will fly to Croatia again next month.

Terry Jeans has spent years visiting courts in Croatia after his son Private Simon Jeans was murdered in 1996.

The trial has repeatedly been delayed as many of the witnesses didn’t turn up.

But now Mr Jeans, 66, from Woodside in Gosport, is hoping to finally get justice for his son who died from a brain haemorrhage aged 25, following an attack by 30 thugs.

He said: ‘Simon Jeans was not only a British citizen, he was a British soldier serving Queen and country.’

Mr Jeans has spent thousands on flights and accommodation to attend the trials in Croatia.

Earlier this year, it was announced that he was to be awarded around £4,800 in compensation by the Croatian government. The European Court of Human Rights said the length of time for criminal proceedings was ‘excessive’.

Mr Jeans will fly to Croatia on June 7 when it is hoped the trial will reach a conclusion.