Grieving dad to meet Home Office minister
A grieving father is due to meet with the Home Office about the immigration status of his daughter’s killer.
Tim Caine will travel to the capital next week to demand that the drink-driver that killed his daughter Rebecca be deported.
Zimbabwean Wilfred Museka was more than twice the legal alcohol limit when he drove the wrong way on the M62 and collided with a car in which Rebecca was a passenger last September. He was jailed for eight years for causing death by dangerous driving at a Manchester court last November.
Museka had acquired 11 driving convictions since coming to the UK in 2000 as an asylum seeker.
After the sentencing, Mr Caine wrote a heart-wrenching letter to Home Secretary Theresa May saying the justice system had ‘failed Rebecca miserably’.
As reported in the News, he argued that foreign nationals like Museka should automatically be deported if they committed a crime which led to a prison sentence.
In response, the Home Office has invited Mr Caine to a meeting with immigration minister Mark Harper on February 5.
Batley and Spen MP Mike Wood is also due to meet with Mr Caine about the issue tomorrow and will accompany him to the meeting in London on Tuesday.
When asked what he hoped would come of the meeting, Mr Caine said: “That he gets sent back home or we get some commitment that they will do everything to send him back home.
“They should start the process of deporting Museka for three years’ time, so when he comes out that’s it, bye-bye.”
Mr Caine said he hoped to get some answers to the questions raised in his letter at the meeting, including why Museka was able to continue to offend despite previous driving convictions.
“That’s what I’m hoping to find out. An explanation of how this could happen, continues to happen and has happened before to other people.
“We should have the right to send you home without going through all that human rights farce.”
Mr Caine also questioned why Museka was granted such a long period of asylum when he arrived in the UK in 2000.
“Who in their right mind does that?” he said.
“You lose track of people. You should only get two or three years, then let’s see how you’re getting on.”
Last November a UK Border Agency spokesman told the News that he deeply regretted the suffering the Caine family had endured. He said the agency was investigating how Museka’s case was dealt with and would seek to deport him at the earliest opportunity.
Rebecca, 20, worked for her father at Vitrition UK in Heckmondwike, and was due to start her final year as a business student at Leeds Carnegie University last September.
She was travelling back from Manchester with friends after a night out when their Chevrolet Matiz was hit by a Renault Megane near to junction 21 on September 16.
At her funeral, Tim’s said Rebecca was a ‘beautiful, shining light’.
He said: “Nothing will ever fill the emptiness we now feel and the tragedy of her loss.”
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