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Uncle of cyclist killed in hit-and-run “disappointed” by judge’s sentence
The man found guilty of causing the death of London cyclist Olatunji Adeyanju by dangerous driving was today sentenced to four years in prison. Following the sentencing at Woolwich Crown Court today (Friday, 24 May 2013), the victim’s uncle and guardian Steven Gisanrin said: “On 23 March last year my nephew, Olatunji, was tragically killed when he was hit by a car being driven by Barry Normah as he crossed the road on his bike.
“There are no words to express the pain we have suffered since that day and we are not only angry that Mr Normah chose to compound our grief by denying his actions and putting us through the ordeal of a trial, but also extremely disappointed in the length of the sentence he has been given,” he said. “Now that the criminal proceedings against Mr Normah have concluded, we as a family can hopefully begin to move on with our lives.
“TJ, as he was known to his many friends, was a popular, charming and exceptional young man with huge potential,” he said. “TJ’s warm cheeky smile and friendly nature endeared him to everyone he met and he was loved and respected by all who knew him.
“Although he will be sadly missed, we as a family take comfort in the fact that he has left us with so many positive memories, and his contribution to our lives will not be forgotten.
“If any good is to come from the tragic death of Olatunji then more needs to be done to promote safer cycling in the capital,” he said. ”Residents in Deptford have often complained about how unsafe they feel whilst cycling in the area and are again calling for more designated cycle lanes to be installed, particularly on and around Creek Road.”
Eleanor Sykes, of Fentons Solicitors LLP, confirmed she was representing Mr Gisanrin in civil proceedings relating to the tragic incident.
“We are pleased the criminal proceedings have now come to an end,” said Ms Sykes, “but as the civil case on behalf of Mr Gisanrin is ongoing, it would be inappropriate to comment further at this time.”
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