AN ‘ARROGANT’ son of a food tycoon, who left a girl paralysed by smashing head on into her parents’ car, has been jailed after she died nine years later.
Antonio Boparan was speeding when his Range Rover Sport crashed into a Jeep Cherokee carrying Cerys Edwards, then aged one, on November 11, 2006.
The victim, unable to breathe unaided and needing 24-hour specialist care, died in October 2015 a month before her tenth birthday after complications caused by infection.
Medical experts concluded her death was ‘a consequence of her spinal cord injury and traumatic brain injury sustained in the collision’, Birmingham crown court heard yesterday.
Boparan, 19 in 2006 but now 32, was jailed for 18 months after pleading guilty to causing death by dangerous driving. Cerys’ father Gareth said the family had ‘finally got justice’ — but the time Boparan would serve was ‘a complete insult’.
‘We have been left with a life sentence without our beautiful little girl whose precious life was stolen from us,’ he said, adding: ‘Finally we can say it, Boparan is a child killer. He has broken our hearts.’
Boparan had previously been sentenced to 21 months — but served just over six — after being convicted in 2007 of causing serious injury to Cerys. That same year he was clocked doing 95mph in a 50mph limit.
He was travelling at speeds of up to 80mph before the crash with the Edwards family on a 30mph road in Sutton Coldfield. Other drivers saw him ‘wobbling from side to side as if losing control’, overtaking two cars and then swerving into traffic to avoid another.
He was doing about 70mph when he hit the Jeep, shunting it 50ft backwards into another car.
Cerys’ mother Tracey (pictured with her) suffered a broken leg. Judge Melbourne Inman QC said Boparan had shown ‘an arrogant disregard for the safety of others’ that day.
Boparan’s father, Ranjit Singh Boparan, is known as ‘The Chicken King’ after founding the 2 Sisters Food Group, which expanded to buy major brands including Fox’s Biscuits and Bernard Matthews.
The court heard Ranjit gave £200,000 to Cerys’ parents to buy a house suitable for her needs and attended her funeral service.