Family's anger at killer driver sentence

TO Keshisha and Sydonie Thornberry- Forrester, their cousin Daniel Prescott was always their protector.Today, Marlon Daley, the man responsible for killing the 22-year-old, of Dombey Road, Ipswich, and his friend Dwayne Hasnip, 19, of Allenby Road, Ipswich, in a car crash on the A12 is beginning a 32-month prison sentence.

TO Keshisha and Sydonie Thornberry- Forrester, their cousin Daniel Prescott was always their protector.

Today, Marlon Daley, the man responsible for killing the 22-year-old, of Dombey Road, Ipswich, and his friend Dwayne Hasnip, 19, of Allenby Road, Ipswich, in a car crash on the A12 is beginning a 32-month prison sentence.

With good behaviour and remorse for their deaths, the 29-year-old is likely to be released in 16 months, a likelihood which has led Mr Prescott's relatives to attack Daley's sentence.

Keshisha, 16, of Willowcroft Road, Ipswich said: “At my age I was starting to look forward to going out and partying with my friends under the guidance and protection of my big cousin. Daniel had promised me and my sister that when we were old enough to go out he would always look after us. He used to say we were the sisters he never had.

“When we started school, we went to Handford Hall primary as we knew Daniel, Nathan (Daniel's brother), Jade and Liam (their other cousins) would protect us and they did right up until they left.”

Keshisha and her family are angry over the sentence Daley, who was speeding while over the drink-drive limit, was given yesterday following the single-vehicle crash near the Holton St Mary turn-off on October 1

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She said: “I think he should have got more because he killed two people. I would have liked to have seen him get five to seven years.”

Her mother Marci Forrester said: “I feel the sentence was a joke. People get longer for robbery. He took lives and basically gets a year and four months, because that's all he will serve. It seems to me as though people put more value on money and property than they do on a person's life. It's wrong, it's really wrong. It's torn apart two families.”

The family also criticised Daley's behaviour following the accident when the father-of two, chose to ring his girlfriend's mother while other friends, who were in the following car, called the emergency services.

Mrs Forrester said: “It's disgraceful. He was more worried about the cops coming and the speed he was doing. If you hit a dog on the road you call the RSPCA or make sure that the dog's ok. Why couldn't he have had the same value on a human life, instead of worrying about a bit of plastic and paper (driving licence) which he's lost anyway?”

Sydonie, 14, said: “If he was so worried about the speed he was doing he shouldn't have been doing it in the first place.”

Although Daley publicly apologised in The Evening Star last month, it cut no ice with Mrs Forrester and her daughters.

She said: “When he was 19 he already had a child. Those two boys never had the chance to have one. At least he was able to be a father. They hadn't even lived.

In a letter sent to the Evening Star shortly after Daley's interview was published, Keshisha said: “Marlon complains he will miss the birth of his child and will have his 30th birthday in jail. At least he wouldn't have to visit the cemetery when he wants to speak to his kids. He is alive to complain about his 30th birthday. Daniel and Dwayne will never be able to do that.”

Now all Mr Prescott's cousins have left of him are their memories.

Keshisha said: “We didn't get to say goodbye to him or tell him how we felt about him. I loved him. I didn't think I ever told him that.

Sydonie added: “I will miss him a lot.”

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