Appeal lodged over ‘diabolical’ sentence after death of teen in hit-and-run

An appeal has been launched against a “diabolical” sentence issued to a hit-and-run driver who left a teenager dying on a road in Paisley.

Prosecutors are appealing the sentencing of Shaun Gatti, 21, who was sent to prison for five years and three months after killing teen Robyn Fryar.

The 15-year-old’s devastated parents Iain Fryar, 53, and Cheryl Madden, 51, blasted the sentence.

A petition calling for an appeal gathered over 6000 signatures in the days following the sentence.

Shaun Gatti was sentenced at the High Court in Glasgow (Image: Daily Record)

Gatti was told by the judge he had given Robyn’s family a “life sentence” when he appeared at the High Court in Glasgow in July this year.

The Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service confirmed an appeal had been lodged.

Judge Lord Mulholland told Gatti: “You have delivered a life sentence to the family of Robyn Fryar of grief and loss as a result of your irresponsible driving while under the influence of alcohol.”

The incident occurred in Paisley on July 7, last year after Gatti had been out drinking at a nightclub in the town.

Robyn had been out celebrating the end of her exams with her pals when the horror collision took place (Image: Daily Record)

He was caught on CCTV drinking from a fish-bowl at Vienna nightclub before the tragic incident.

Robyn died hours after the incident which happened when she was crossing a road with friends at 2am.

Cops estimated he was driving on the wrong side of the road at up to 47mph in a 30mph zone at the time of the incident.

Gatti, who was driving a Volkswagen Golf, fled the scene with a friend and later attempted to cover up his tracks by cleaning the car, removing registration plates and hiding it under tarpaulin.

Gatti was eventually arrested after police received anonymous tip-offs.

Appearing in court he pleaded guilty to causing Robyn’s death through dangerous driving and attempting to pervert the course of justice.

As well as his jail sentence he was banned from driving for 11 years and seven months.

The Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service confirmed a note of appeal had been lodged.

Paisley MSP George Adam said it was a “step in the right direction”.

He told BBC Radio Scotland: “For me and for many of the people in Paisley that have approached me already about this case, it is a step in the right direction.

“It’s a first step, but a step in the right direction.

“It gives us a wee bit of hope that we will be able to get some justice for this family.”

In a petition set up by a family-friend the sentence was described as “diabolical”.

Shaun Gatti’s car which he hid from police before being arrested (Image: Crown Office)

Cheryl Madden wrote: “I have started this petition on behalf of Cheryl Madden and family in the hope that the diabolical sentence passed for the brutal killing of Robyn Fryar will be overturned. 

“The mere 5 year sentence passed was an insult for Robyn’s family and does not come close to giving her family any form of justice.

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“Robyn was a gorgeous, smart, loving and funny young girl with her whole life ahead of her when that animal Shaun Gatti mowed her down racing with another vehicle under the influence of alcohol. 

“Not only did he mow poor Robyn down he got out the car, he did not help!! instead he drove away and left Robyn dying at the roadside to go home and try to conceal his car.

“The 5 year sentence passed is an absolute insult and in no way does it reflect the justice the family deserve to have!!

“I would greatly appreciate if you would take the time to sign and share this petition everywhere you can help us get justice for Robyn.”

Daily Record – Paisley