Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Boxing legend Pat Clinton's son released after false rape claim on Greek holiday

Seems to be a problem in Greece with false claims lately.

BOXING champion Pat Clinton's son was held for three days in Greece over a false rape accusation.

Sean Clinton, 19, and a friend were on holiday with a group in Crete when a woman tourist accused them.

But after an agonising three days in custody, they were told there was no case to answer.

It is understood police found no evidence to prove that even consensual sex had taken place.

Last night, Sean was back home with his mum Carol in Kilsyth, Stirlingshire.

And former world flyweight champion Pat, known as "the boy from Croy" during his career, revealed they were considering suing his accuser.

Pat said: "Sean is now back home, thankfully, and has been told the matter is finished as far as any court case is concerned.

"It was a very stressful and worrying time - made worse by the language barrier.

"They were arrested on what was meant to be the last day of their holiday and were eventually released after a two-minute court appearance three days later."

Pat, 46, who went down to Manchester to pick up his son the day after his release, added: "He is fine, considering what has happened, and we are very relieved he is back home safe and well.

"Getting an interpreter was not particularly easy and was what held things up - otherwise he would have been home earlier."

Sean and his friend were arrested as they relaxed by the pool at their hotel.

Pat said: "The girl was staying with friends at the same hotel but she could not get back into her room.

"She stayed in Sean's room and everything seemed OK - then the police arrived the next day."

The accusation marked the end of a miserable holiday for Sean, who also required 20 stitches in a back wound after falling on to a piece of glass.

Mum Carol said: "My son is back home now safe and well and that is the main thing.

"It was a horrible week for him and us all, with his injury and this matter.

"I suppose the one thing you can take from it is how careful young people need to be on holiday."

A Foreign Office spokesman said: "Consular staff provided assistance following arrests in Greece."