“IT is as if my child is worth nothing and we don’t deserve to find out the truth about how she died.”
Those are the words of a tearful mum on the fourth anniversary of her daughter’s unlawful car smash death.
Elaine Noble feels as if it was only yesterday since she heard the horrific news that her daughter, Jade Rice, and friend Daniel Atkinson had been killed.
And she is adamant that the public at large supports the family in their quest for justice.
Holding back tears, she said: “We’re still left like it happened yesterday.
“We still don’t know what happened or why and we still don’t have any justice.”
The 17-year-olds were killed when a car being driven by Shipley care worker Mohammed Tanwir hit a tree and a lamp-post at 80mph in a 40mph zone on Bradley Road, Bradley on January 29, 2006.
A dangerous driving charge against Mr Tanwir was dropped in November the same year, due to insufficient evidence presented by the Crown Prosecution Service.
Later a coroner’s verdict said the teenagers were “unlawfully killed”, which gave the family new hope of court action.
But their hopes were shattered when the Attorney General, Baroness Scotland, ruled that she would not refer the case back to court.
Elaine said: “How can this be justice?
“They say it is because it is not in the public interest.
“But how can it not be in the public interest?
“I’d like to know how many readers of the Examiner think finding out how Jade and Danny died is not in the public interest.
“I want Baroness Scotland to tell us why she won’t send the driver back to court and why it is not in the public interest.”
Elaine said she won’t give up.
She said: “It’s taken four years to get here and we’ve always believed that when it got to the top we would get justice.
“Now we realise there’s no justice in this country.”
Elaine said she is in constant torment and feels “worthless”.
The Saville Park woman said: “It is as if my child is worth nothing and we don’t deserve to find out the truth about how she died.
“At times I cannot even go out of the house. I feel so worthless, but I won’t give up – there’s no chance.
“I would go to prison for this.
“If I won the lottery, I would spend all the money on taking it all the way.”
The family has been helped throughout by barrister Naeem Siraj, who represents them for free.
He said: “How can it be in the public interest that no action is taken in this case?
“Is the Attorney General aware of some important public policy preventing a prosecution?
“Is it a matter of national security?
“The grieving mothers of two dead children cannot see how this is in any way in the public interest.”