Death crash driver admits threat to kill club manager

IPSWICH: A young man convicted of killing a 16-year-old Ipswich girl by dangerous driving has also pleaded guilty to making threats to kill at a nightspot.

Today Gavin Sahota, of Stewart Young Grove, Kesgrave, is on conditional bail awaiting sentencing at Ipswich Crown Court later this month.

Last week the 19-year-old was found guilty of causing the death of Sian Ryan, of Alan Road, Ipswich, by dangerous driving.

This week Sahota appeared before South East Suffolk Magistrates’ Court in Ipswich where he admitted threats to kill and possessing a knife in a public place.

Although no details about the incident came out in court it is believed the two offences happened in the early hours of May 3 this year while Sahota was on bail awaiting trial for the tragedy on the A14 near the Nacton turn-off.


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Sahota was arrested after a complaint was made following his ejection from Liquid in Cardinal Park, Ipswich.

It is understood the teenager, who was said to be drunk and abusive, was thrown out of the club.

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He was then alleged to have gone home and collected a kitchen knife.

Completing the ten-mile round trip he returned to Liquid where he was accused of threatening one of the managers, before being arrested by police.

Magistrates committed the case to crown court for sentencing along with the death by dangerous driving offence, which is due on July 7.

Sahota was given bail but must wear an electronic tag as part of his bail conditions.

Sian Ryan, a former Copleston High School pupil, was killed on August 17 last year when the car she was a passenger in hit a road sign near Ipswich.

Sahota, who was driving an Audi A3, and Perri Daniel, 20, of Upper Cavendish Street, Ipswich, who was at the wheel of the Citroen Saxo Sian was in, were both convicted of death by dangerous driving after a trial which ended last Wednesday.

The court had heard Daniel had been weaving across the road, while Sahota performed a dangerous undertaking manoeuvre before their vehicles collided.

Both had denied the charges against them.

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