Updated: Feb 18
This is our video, told by Ryan's dad, Adrian about the devastating impact of losing Ryan to knife crime and the catastrophic failure of our criminal justice system to convict the person responsible for causing Ryan's death.
Ryan was a normal 24-year-old lad who enjoyed football and socialising with friends, who had gone out with his lifelong friend on a night out to Chicago’s nightclub in Stourbridge, but never returned home due to being fatally stabbed through his heart.
It tells the family's story of being eaten up by our criminal justice system, having not had any previous experience of the police, our courts or the criminal justice system and then just spat out at the end with no further help and support.
The video shows the real devastation and impact knife crime has on victim's families, friends and communities and highlights our ongoing campaign to fight on for the rightful justice that Ryan deserves.
We hope people watching will help us by supporting and sharing our Justice For Ryan campaign as far and wide as possible - “To be successful, we need this to go national”.
“We are campaigning to amend and tighten our current laws regarding self-defence, when a knife is used in public against another unarmed person.
We are also calling for legislative changes surrounding “Perverse Acquittals” that would allow victim’s families to be able to request jurors provide reasons for their decisions.”
It should not be accepted in any court room in our country that you can use a knife, inside a nightclub, against an unarmed person, ultimately taking that person's life away and not receive any punishment or sentence for those actions?
Our current laws are outdated and not fit for purpose. Families up and down the UK are currently being failed by our criminal justice system. Just like us, they too have lost their loved one to knife crime and then seeing the person ultimately responsible for causing their death, simply walking out of our courts, without any or very little punishment for these actions, free to get on with their lives, whilst families are left heart broken, shattered and with no right to appeal these shocking and inhumane decisions.
HOW MANY MORE FAMILIES MUST SUFFER?
WE NEED YOUR HELP!
Please support our campaign by signing our petition on change.org. We need your help to get to 100,000 signatures, so our MP can raise our campaign in parliament and we kindly ask if you can help us raise vital funds needed towards supporting the family’s ongoing legal & campaign costs. Donations can be made securely via our campaign website.
Never did we think we would ever be in this position as a family losing our son to knife crime and having to fight on for justice, but the reality is, as only we know too well, it can happen anywhere, any time and that families are continually being failed by our criminal justice system. Together we can make a difference...... Together we can force our law makers and politicians to act......
Please support us and share our campaign amongst your family and friends, so that we can continue fighting in Ryan's memory for "JUSTICE FOR RYAN" and the many other families currently being failed by our criminal justice system.
Thank you from Ryan's Parents.