Family: Guilty verdict is justice at last for our wonderful Sian

IPSWICH: Justice has been done.

That was the verdict of grieving relatives of Sian Ryan today after a jury ruled Perri Daniel and Gavin Sahota were guilty of causing the teenager’s death by dangerous driving.

The 16-year-old was the front seat passenger in Daniel’s Citroen Saxo when it span out of control and crashed on the A14, colliding with a road sign at Nacton on August 17 last year.

A jury of four women and eight men agreed with prosecutors that Daniel, 20, of Upper Cavendish Street, and Sahota, 19, of Stewart Young Grove, Kesgrave, had been responsible for the horror crash.

With just seven months’ driving experience between them, Daniel weaved across the road while Sahota performed a dangerous undertaking manoeuvre in his Audi A3 before the vehicles collided, causing the fatal crash.

But today, after ten months of torment, her parents, four sisters and two brothers say they can finally look forward in the knowledge justice has been done.

Still coming to terms with losing her youngest child, Sian’s mum Chrissie Ryan, said: “I feel justice has been done.

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“There is relief, absolute relief. But it is like reliving it again – it is like it has just happened.”

The family, who considered Daniel as one of their own, say they cannot forget or forgive her for showing no remorse for causing Sian’s death.

Sian’s dad, Mike Ryan, of Alan Road, said: “It is so hard to forgive and forget that Perri, a family friend, someone we embraced as one of the family, has shown not one sign of remorse.

“The greatest benefit of all this, the trial, will be if it gives a message to young and novice drivers, making them think about what can happen.

“It is not just driving a car, it can be a deadly weapon.”

Sian’s older sister Annalise, 20, who was close pals with Daniel for almost a decade, said she had lost her two best friends.

“I thought I knew Perri but I obviously don’t,” she said.

“For her to put us all through this, ten months of waiting for the trial and then having to sit through listening to what happened, re-living it.

“It is hard to think someone so close to the family has put us through this waiting process.

“It is more than a kick in the teeth, it is vindictive. I lost two best friends that day.

“I would not want to see my worst enemy go through what we have as a family.

“Just a week before the accident I was having a conversation with another friend about Perri’s driving. My main concern was Sian getting in the car. I wish I had had that conversation with Perri.”

Sian’s mum Chrissie added: “Sian’s memory will live on forever. We have such wonderful memories which we treasure.”

Keely Walker, 32, another of Sian’s sisters, added: “We can now really look forward to Sian’s Summer Fun Day, a whole day in memory of her, to raise money in her name for two great causes.”

The charity day is being staged at Copleston High School on Saturday, July 17 and will be held in aid of EACH and Sian’s Sports Foundation.