Minshull Street Crown Court in the UK has added insult to the injury of a Nigerian-born doctor, Chizoro Edohasim, who has been confined to the wheelchair and lost his daughter, Olivia, both by an accident he caused.
The 47-year-old was on Friday convicted as he was found guilty of dangerous driving, and causing Olivia’s death on May 7, 2016 while in a hurry to drop the 9-year-old and her elder sister, Eva,11, off at a Math lesson, leading to a crash that also left him deformed and confined to the wheelchair.
The court had heard that he was rushing in his Toyota Auris and went through a red light at full throttle ploughing into a wall.
Charged with dangerous driving and killing his daughter(Olivia), who suffered fatal back injuries in the impact, Edohasim had denied the charges saying his brakes had failed during the incident.
However, his excuse was blown out of the water by experts and data downloaded. Both revealed that the car was at 100 per cent acceleration and the brakes were off at the time of the collision.
On Friday, the Minshull Street Crown Court sentenced him to four years imprisonment, a lenient judgment according to the judge who said during the deliverance, “I find your driving to that point amounted to a deliberate dangerous manoeuvre.
‘When you were back in your lane you were driving above the 30mph speed limit and you had red lights ahead of you.
‘You intended to brake but evidence shows that instead of braking, for at least the last six seconds the accelerator was pressed, and for the last four seconds it was pressed to the floor.
‘It was not suggested that was deliberate. I find that you intended to press the brake pedal but pressed the accelerator in error.
‘You reacted to your mistake by pressing the pedal harder and keeping your foot pressed down. Your car shot through the junction and into a wall.
‘Your daughter Olivia, nine, was killed and your daughter Eva, 11, sustained serious injuries for which she needed surgery and spent up to one month in hospital.’
The judge added: ‘There is a grave aggravating feature that you also caused serious injury to your older daughter, which means both sentences will be higher to reflect.
‘There are two powerful factors in mitigation. One is the injuries to yourself, the second is the fact you are a man of exemplary good character.
‘Witnesses have spoken about you in glowing terms. I accept that any conviction will have a significant impact on your career.
‘Finally, and most importantly in mitigation, there is the factor that the deceased was one of your children.
‘I accept that you were a loving father and this will make a significant difference to your sentence.
‘You will carry with you the heavy burden of what you did for the rest of your life.
‘But the offences you committed were so serious only a substantial prison sentence can be imposed.’