“I’LL not stop until we get justice for Jade and Danny.”
Those were the words of a tearful mum last night on what would have been her daughter’s 21st birthday and on the eve of a final attempt to find the truth.
Elaine Noble is still searching for answers about what happened to her daughter Jade Rice and friend Daniel Atkinson, who both died when the car in which they were travelling crashed into a lamp-post on Bradley Road, Bradley, on January 29, 2006.
They were both just 17.
Today, barrister Naeem Siraj, acting on behalf of the parents of both youngsters, will send a letter to the Attorney General asking for the case against the driver of the car to be heard in court.
A dangerous driving charge against Mohammed Tanwir, who drove the car, was never heard in court due to insufficient evidence presented by the Crown Prosecution Service.
But a Huddersfield inquest into the teenagers’ deaths returned a verdict of ‘unlawful killing’.
Elaine, 50, said: “The inquest said it was ‘unlawful killing’ but the driver has never been tried at court.
“I’m not going to stop until we get justice for Jade and Danny.
“There is so much evidence that needs to be looked at – there was never even a trial.
The mum-of-three added: “This is not about blame, it’s about justice and finding out the truth.
“We need to know what Jade and Danny were doing in that car in the early hours of the morning.
“They should have been tucked up in bed; they were in care.”
Jade and Danny, of Halifax, were living in Aspirations’ accommodation, designed to support young people leaving local authority care.
The driver of the car, Mohammed Tanwir, was employed as a ‘sleep in’ worker at the time at an address in Sherwood Avenue, Bradley.
Yesterday, Jade’s family came together to remember her on what would have been her 21st birthday.
The dead teen’s twin brother Ian said he couldn’t celebrate his own birthday without remembering his sister’s tragic death.
Elaine said: “Ian started crying today – he’s not celebrating his birthday.
“There’s nothing to celebrate. How can he celebrate?
“All he wants to do is find out what happened to his sister.
“His brothers and sisters also want to know what happened to their sister.
“And Danny’s family want to know what happened to him too.
“None of us are being allowed to rest or grieve.
“We will not stop until we get the case brought to court and we can finally find out what happened that day.
“They should not have even been in that car.”
Elaine’s barrister will now wait for an answer from the Attorney General.
Mr Siraj said: “All the family wants is for someone to hear the evidence and judge whether the driver is innocent or guilty.”