The wife of a doctor jailed for killing his daughter in a crash while ‘driving like a lunatic’ has spoken of her husband’s ‘mental torture’ after watching him being sent down by a judge.
Dr Chizoro Edohasim was jailed for four years after being found guilty of causing the death by dangerous driving of Olivia, nine, and a second count of causing serious injury by dangerous driving of another daughter Eva, 11.
He had been at the wheel of his Toyota Auris in May 2016 when it raced through a red light at speeds of up to 59mph in Altrincham, Manchester, and crashed into a brick wall.
Olivia died at the scene while Eva spent a month in hospital with serious abdominal injuries.
Dr Edohasim, who has another daughter aged eight, also sustained injuries.
After Judge Stuart Driver QC sentenced Dr Edohasim at Minshull Street Crown Court, the medical researcher had to be dragged from the dock to start his custodial term.
His wife Bethel wailed: ‘This is not justice – we have lost our daughter.’
She later spoke about the impact the trial – and her husband’s sentence – has had on the family.
‘The way this case has been handled is appalling,’ she said.
‘What happened was an accident and we lost our daughter Olivia. Nobody seems to care about the children or us as a family. We have not been given the chance to grieve or come to terms with what happened to us.
‘What do I tell the girls when I get home? They are very close to their dad, he is involved in every part of their lives.
‘On that Saturday he was taking them for a maths lesson. He wants them to achieve their full potential.
‘What has he done wrong? Don’t accidents happen any more? In whose interest is this? It is not in my children’s interest, it is not in the public’s interest.
‘We are the ones suffering here. My daughters have lost a sister and now they are losing their dad.’
Mrs Edohasim, 42, a part-time teacher, revealed the agony of having to break the news to Eva that her sister had died.
‘I couldn’t tell her straight away,’ she said. ‘She was in intensive care for two weeks, so I didn’t want to tell her much.
‘We broke the news to her when she was back on the ward. She was devastated and crying. It was heartbreaking.’
Mrs Edohasim also gave a moving tribute to Olivia, saying: ‘She was the kind of child everyone would wish for – honest, bright, smart, got on with everyone.
‘If there was a child in the playground who had no-one to play with she would go over and give them a hug and play with them. She was that kind of girl.’
Mrs Edohasim said she and her daughters had sent a series of letters to the judge.
‘I have heard that in cases like this the victim’s views are sought,’ she said.
‘We are the victims, but they have not asked me or the children for our views.
‘With this kind of sentence, somehow we don’t seem to matter.’
‘The fact that he was driving the car when his daughter died is mental torture for him.
‘I used to hold the British justice system in high esteem but from the word go this has been managed in the wrong manner. We are law-abiding citizens, we have paid our taxes and we have never been in trouble with the law. It doesn’t make sense.’
SOURCE: Daily Mail, Keiran Southern