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Our kids still cry out for their father,’ says killed cabbie’s widow

PUBLISHED: 11:50 15 July 2010 | UPDATED: 18:05 25 August 2010

The grief-stricken widow of a cab driver who was brutally murdered one mile away from his home has spoken out about how their two young children are still expecting their father to return home and continue to call out his name three weeks after his death.

The grief-stricken widow of a cab driver who was brutally murdered one mile away from his home has spoken out about how their two young children are still expecting their father to return home and continue to call out his name three weeks after his death.

Catherine Okonko-Nwosu, 32, of Plumstead High Street has been left with a huge void, caring for two infants only five years into her married life.

Her husband, Nigerian-born Uche Michael Okonko-Nwosu, 49, was ruthlessly murdered in the early hours of Saturday, June 19.

Police found the devoted father-of-two slumped in the street in Cookhill Road, Abbey Wood, behind his cab with severe head injuries after he was discovered by a milk man at 4.47am. He was rushed to Royal London Hospital in Whitechappel, where he died the same day.

His bereaved widow, the sole carer of their children aged one and two, said: "It's such a big vacuum in our lives. It's not been easy for me to be a widow at this early age and the children to be fatherless in this manner with no illness - just taken away like that.

"The children haven't been eating or sleeping properly.

"They have been calling out his name saying 'daddy, daddy'. They've been expecting him home.

"If he was here, they wouldn't be by my side, they were always with him."

When the police went to the house of the church-going mother-of-two, they said her husband was involved in an accident, but on the way to the hospital revealed that he was assaulted.

Mrs Okonko-Nwosu said: "When the doctor told me how serious it was, I collapsed on the floor. I was begging them to do something for us.

"I was talking to him, asking him to tell me what happened.But he was not responding."

When Mr Okonko-Nwosu was found, the doors of his silver Ford Galaxy cab were open, but it appeared nothing had been stolen.

He had been working for Abbey Cars in Plumstead High Street for one month before he was killed. His wife paid tribute to her husband by saying he was a loving, caring and peaceful God-loving man who loved everybody he came into contact with.

She added: "He always helped people, was very well known and liked in the community.

"I'm appealing to the general public. If there is anyone who has seen or heard anything, they should tell the police so they can find who did this to us."

Two men, aged 27 and 28, were both arrested in connection with the investigation. They were bailed to return at a later date. Anyone with information can call the incident room on 020 8721 4054 or - to remain anonymous - call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.


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