‘You couldn’t make it up’

On this day nine years ago, 14th October, 2013, a criminal trial, alleging large scale fraud, opened at the picturesque courthouse in Chania, Crete. A notable event as Greece’s largest island is a popular tourist destination with exceptionally low levels of crime The stakes were high as the defendant, Ralph John Christie, 52 years oldContinue reading “‘You couldn’t make it up’”

New information aids upcoming innocence claim bid

A case that began with a criminal investigation in July, 2009 is still beset, very nearly twelve years later, by impediments in two legal jurisdictions, thousands of miles apart, writes Neil Wilby. In September, 2020, it was reported elsewhere on this website that an appeal hearing on the Greek island of Crete had been delayedContinue reading “New information aids upcoming innocence claim bid”

Day of reckoning

In the summer of 2009, a dispute began between two erstwhile business partners when Bradford businessman, Stephen Thomas, walked into a police station and reported concerns over his dealings with Ralph Christie, a Leeds-born flooring retailer and contractor turned property developer, who had risen to prominence on the paradise Greek island of Crete over theContinue reading “Day of reckoning”