The body of a Wigan man who was killed on the streets of Greece has finally arrived home more than two years later.

Lee Robinson, 41, was initially buried as an unidentified person after being stabbed to death in Athens in December 2018.

His family at home in Tyldesley were 'oblivious' and had no idea about what had happened.

They lost touch with him three years before his death after he suffered a breakdown.

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Lee had been sleeping in hostels and on the streets of Manchester on and off for few a years before travelling to Greece.

His family - including his dad, sister and two brothers - had tried to help him but said he was 'independent' and 'didn't want to burden the family'.

In August 2015, Lee was found living in a hostel and was brought home, but by October he had gone missing again.

His family never saw him again after this.

In December, they checked his bank statements and discovered that he had bought tickets to fly to Corfu.

They told the police who said that despite him being on the missing persons register, he had been able to board the flight.

Lee's family later were told that he had been picked up on the street in Greece and taken into care.

But by the time they'd been able to find him, he’d been discharged.

In May 2020, police then turned up at his sister Shelley's house to tell her that they'd found Lee.

He had been stabbed to death in a random attack as he slept in an unused building used by the homeless.

A 32 year old man confessed to killing him and is now in a psychiatric hospital.

Lee had initially been buried in an unmarked grave as an unidentified person, as he had no identification on him when he was killed.

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His family were only told about his death after a DNA match on the Interpol database.

Shelley said they were left devastated to have been getting on their lives while unbeknown to them, Lee had died.

"The worst thing was finding out that it had happened so long ago, knowing that he had passed away all that time and we had been getting on with our lives oblivious", she said.

"It was just horrendous. We’ve been grieving from day one and after a long struggle to find out more details about the circumstances we discovered that a court case had already taken place.

"This was overwhelming and very traumatising for us all.”

The family then had to figure out how to bring Lee's body home.

Victim Support put them in touch with Fletchers Solicitors who were able to start working on the legal aspects of repatriating Lee back to his family.

Mike Hagan, a travel litigation solicitor at Fletchers, and his Greek counterpart George Moschos, of Pavlakis Moschos Associates, were able to get a new death certificate for Lee.

That meant that now, more than two years on, Lee's body has finally been returned back to Manchester.

His family is now preparing for his funeral.

Mike said: “This is a tragic case, and the family have been left utterly bereft by Lee’s murder.

"The fact that he was buried, in an unmarked grave, only made their already terrible loss more painful.

"We are glad to be assisting the family to obtain some measure of comfort, in being able to bring Lee home and have a burial for him, in his homeland, at which his friends and family can properly grieve and say goodbye.”

Shelley added: “We did everything we could to help Lee but I think that’s why he went abroad, because he didn’t want to trouble us any more.

"Even with a supportive family, it’s not always enough to help people out of these situations.

“Lee was very funny, eccentric and great to be around. He had such a good sense of humour and was well known to lots of people, but he felt misunderstood and struggled to get close to people.

"He was an absolute star and everyone, especially his family loved him, if only he knew how much.”