Balcony tragedy wife comforted in seaside town by mother

PUBLISHED: 16:13 23 August 2006 | UPDATED: 09:45 24 May 2010

THE wife of a man who fell from a hotel balcony in Crete with his two children - killing the couple's six-year-old son, is being comforted by her mother at her home in Clevedon

THE wife of a man who fell from a hotel balcony in Crete with his two children - killing the couple's six-year-old son, is being comforted by her mother at her home in Clevedon.Natasha Hogan, whose husband John leaped from the hotel balcony holding the couple's two children Mia, two, and Liam, six, is staying with her mother Elizabeth Steel in the seaside town.Mr Hogan, aged 32, survived the fall along with daughter Mia who suffered a broken arm, but Liam died from his injuries.The incident happened on August 15 at the four star Petra Mare Hotel, Ierapetra, where the family, from Bradley Stoke, Bristol, was enjoying a two week holiday.Mr Hogan threw himself from a fourth floor balcony with his children after apparently rowing with his wife.Mr Hogan, who has a broken arm, leg and chest injuries, is under police guard in hospital in the island's capital Heraklion and is facing a possible murder charge. Liam's body has now been flown back to England and his funeral is due to be held next week.An inquest into his death was due to be opened at Flax Bourton Magistrates Court yesterday (Tuesday).In a statement, released through Avon and Somerset Police, Mrs Hogan, aged 34, said: "All the family were looking forward to this holiday."It was an opportunity for us to enjoy quality time together in an environment away from the general strains of daily life."We have not had the opportunity to discuss in detail with John exactly what happened."Mrs Hogan, who has been seen walking along Clevedon seafront with Mia, said on the day of the incident her husband was sober and his actions were 'completely out of character.'She said: "On the day in question, John was sober having consumed no alcohol."His action is felt to have been completely out of character for the caring father that he was to both Liam and Mia."John remains in hospital in Crete and our thoughts are with him as he recovers from his injuries."It is unlikely that he will be in the UK for the funeral service.

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