Family of hit-and-run teen Robyn Fryar begin appeal plans against sentence

A petition demanding a review of the sentence handed to a hit-and-run driver who killed Robyn Fryar has been backed by almost 5000 people.

Shaun Gatti was jailed for just five years and three months after mowing down the 15-year-old schoolgirl in Paisley on July 7, 2019.

The 21-year-old, who had been drinking in a nightclub, hit young Robyn on Glenburn Road before dragging her for a distance on the bonnet of his Volkswagen Golf.

Shaun Gatti left the scene after hitting Robyn (Image: Police Scotland)

After getting out of his vehicle and seeing the fatally injured child on the road, Gatti got back in his car and drove away before attempting to hide the smashed up motor.

Robyn’s heartbroken family branded the sentence “pathetic” and said their daughter had been treated “worse than an animal” by Gatti.

The petition, which was set up by a family friend, calls for the sentence to be reviewed and has already been signed almost 5000 times.

Dad Iain Fryar has been blown away by the support offered to Robyn’s family and friends.

He said: “The amount of support we have received is just incredible. We’ve had so many messages from all over and the petition has been shared by complete strangers.

“Thousands of people who don’t even know us are just as disgusted at the sentence that he got.”

Parents of Robyn Fryar, Iain Fryar and ex-partner Cheryl Madden (Image: Daily Record)

The 53-year-old added: “The person who we have been dealing with that works for the Crown has contacted us and asked us to email in our request for an appeal because they need it in writing so we’ve done that.

“Gatti showed disregard for everybody on the road as soon as he got in the car after he had been drinking in a nightclub.

“People have been charged with assault and got higher sentences than he got.

“This isn’t just for us – it’s for other people whose children get killed by young, idiot drivers who go about racing in their cars and don’t think about anybody in the road.

“To me, the car was a lethal weapon and the sentence should’ve reflected that. The intent was there by him getting in that car and doing what he did.

“He must’ve known that he could have killed someone by the way he was driving.”

Young Robyn had been out celebrating the end of her exams with her pals when the horror collision took place at around 2am.

Gatti, who had been seen drinking a fishbowl cocktail just 30 minutes before, was driving on the wrong side of the road when he struck the teen.

The court was told how the boozed up driver was driving at around 47mph in a 30 zone when the crash happened.

Robyn was an IVF baby (Image: Iain Fryar)

Iain previously told the Daily Record how he found out his little girl, who was an IVF baby, had been badly hurt after receiving a phone call from a niece who lived near the scene.

He said: “I saw them bring her out of the ambulance and I knew my daughter wasn’t going to make it. I had to phone Cheryl to get her to come to the hospital.

“I never thought I’d ever have to make a call like that or get one like it. You always think it’s going to happen to somebody else, never you.

“We didn’t get to say goodbye because she was already gone. We got taken into the room just after it. I wouldn’t leave her, I wouldn’t let them take her to the mortuary.

“They told us she was alive and still breathing for three hours. And I just hope she didn’t feel all that pain, I really do. It doesn’t bear thinking about.”

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A Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service spokesperson said: “As with all cases, the Crown will consider the sentence and give consideration to whether it might be unduly lenient.”

To sign the petition, please click here.

Daily Record – Paisley