Grieving family tell of their ‘living hell’

Jo and Premsa Royle with their children Harley aged three, Ebony aged four and Cherry aged two.
Jo and Premsa Royle with their children Harley aged three, Ebony aged four and Cherry aged two.

FRUSTRATED sisters of the late Sarah Royle – whose 32nd birthday would have been yesterday – have spoken of their “living hell” in the search for answers nine months on.

Jo, 35, and Premsa, 33, who live in Todmorden, joined friends and family for a dinner last night to commemorate Sarah’s birthday as they still await news from Singapore.

Sarah died after falling from an apartment block on a night out watching England play in the World Cup in June last year.

At the time of her death, Sarah’s sisters, who flew to Singapore to be there when Sarah died, were told the inquest would be held in six months.

But nine months on, they’ve heard nothing.

Jo said: “It’s like a living hell, to be honest. I keep myself busy but sometimes I just get so upset.

“We’re desperate. I really feel like I’m living a lie. I feel like I’m trying to pretend everything is OK but I’m just try to get through each day, cramming in lots of stuff to stay busy.”

The sisters have only heard sketchy details from Singapore police – information which leaves many unanswered questions.

“We know she was found on a residential site. Police confirmed that she with an English boy and an Australian boy throughout the night – but they’ve never come forward.

“She was upset and ran through someone’s apartment. She fell from a height on an apartment building and was found with an iron bar on her and one next to her.

“But we don’t know where Sarah fell from –whether it was a balcony or a roof – or why she was upset.

“We don’t know her movements through the night. We know she watched the football but between 10pm and 6am we don’t know what she was doing.

“We can’t get on with our lives. We need answers.”