British born Nigerians, Eva and Serena Edohasim whose dad, Dr. Chizoro Edohasim, was jailed for four years for causing the death of their sister, Olivia, are pleading for his release from prison.
Olivia, nine, died in the back seat of the family car when their dad smashed his car into a wall while driving the deceased, and sister Eva, then 11 now 13, to a Saturday morning maths lesson.
Convicted for dangerous driving and causing injury by dangerous driving, the accident confined Chizoro to a wheelchair, and injured Eva, who had to undergo abdominal surgery after the crash and spent four weeks in hospital.
Eva has written to the court pleading for her father to be allowed home.
She wrote: “We’re trying to deal with the loss of my sister, me and my dad’s physical and emotional trauma and the rest of my family emotional trauma.”
And in her own letter, younger sister Serena, eight – who was not in the car – pleaded: “Please, please, let daddy go.”
Chizoro, 47, had failed to brake for a red light while driving at nearly twice the speed limit, careering into a wall as he struggled to keep control.
The girls’ mum Bethel, 42, has now launched an appeal, saying of her husband’s sentence: “Our pain is ten times worse because of this decision.”
She asked: “Who is being punished here? My daughters are being made to suffer. My children and I are the victims in this case – we are bereft, but our views have been completely ignored.
“Our daughter died in that crash. No sentence could ever punish my husband more than he has punished himself. He is a broken man.”
Bethel has released the poignant letters written by the girls, in a bid to highlight her daughters’ anguish.