Sian tragedy two face jail

IPSWICH: They are responsible for taking a life, so no sentence will be long enough.

That is the verdict of the family of Copleston High School pupil Sian Ryan today as the two people responsible for her death await their fate.

Inexperienced drivers Perri Daniel and Gavin Sahota were due to be sent to prison at Ipswich Crown Court this afternoon for their part in causing the death of the “bright, bubbly and talented” 16-year-old in an horrific crash. Sahota is also due to be sentenced today for making threats to kill at Liquid nightclub in Ipswich while on bail over the tragedy.

He has pleaded guilty to threatening a nightclub manager with a knife in the early hours of May 3.

But Keely Walker, one of Sian’s three older sisters, said the pair will “never get the sentence they deserve”.

Speaking on behalf of the family, she added: “They were responsible for taking Sian’s life.

“I don’t think the death by dangerous charge is enough. Manslaughter is killing someone by your actions. It seems because this was in a car it is somehow not as serious.

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“Nothing will bring Sian back. We know they are going to prison, we can only hope for the longest possible sentence. They deserve to lose their liberty.”

A jury unanimously found Daniel, 20, of Upper Cavendish Street, Ipswich, and Sahota, 19, of Stewart Young Grove in Kesgrave, guilty of causing death by dangerous driving at Ipswich Crown Court on June 9.

Sian, of Alan Road, Ipswich, 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.

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 horror crash.

Miss Walker said her family has been dragged through 11 months of torment waiting for justice for Sian.

She said they cannot forgive Daniel, who was a close friend of the family for almost a decade, for putting them through “hell”.

She added: “I understand why Gavin didn’t plead guilty. He didn’t want to take all the blame.

“As far as I can see, he has shown remorse, co-operated with police and is taking responsibility.

“If she (Daniel) had pleaded guilty in the first place, we could have been saved the trauma and heartache of the last 11 months and could have allowed Siany to rest in peace and allow us to grieve and remember Sian without the court case marring everything.

“She has lied and been proven to lie and she has shown no remorse. He (Gavin) is taking responsibility and she isn’t.”

The family have also called for the pair to be disqualified from driving for a significant period after they are released from prison.

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