Father of Goodmayes child who wakes his sister throughout the night due to condition appealing for larger home

Mohamed Djitli, with his son Amine, two, and daughter Nour, four

Mohamed Djitli, with his son Amine, two, and daughter Nour, four - Credit: Archant

The father of a two-year-old boy who cries continually throughout the night due to a severe developmental condition is appealing to Redbridge Council to provide his family with a larger home.

Mohamed Djitli, 51, lives in a temporary two-bedroom house with wife Anissa and their children, which he believes does not meet their needs.

His son Amine, who has Angelman Syndrome, wakes frequently during the night, which disturbs his sister Nour, four.

Due to the condition, Amine cannot yet walk and has speech problems.

Freelance interpreter Mr Djitli, who has lived in Eastwood Road, Goodmayes, since October, said: “I feel my son has been deprived of his right to lead a decent life. He needs the space to progress.

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“My daughter says Amine doesn’t let her sleep. Next year she will be starting school, so that will affect her performance.”

At Mr Djitli’s request, the council carried out a suitability review, which concluded that the house was adequate.

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In a letter, the review officer felt the house was “not ideal” but “suitable for the family’s current needs”.

Mr Djitli, who is hoping to appeal, said the home was an improvement on the B&B they previously lived in, despite sightings of “mice and mould”.

But he added: “The main concern is my son. If he didn’t have this condition we wouldn’t have a problem [with the house].”

Cllr Andy Walker (Independent, Chadwell), who has taken up Mr Djitli’s case, said: “Families like the Djitlis need the support of the community and deserve the council’s assistance.”

A council spokesman said they do not “publicly discuss personal circumstances about individual cases” but that they would have considered the accommodation’s suitability “prior to allocation”.

They added that Mr Djitli had not informed them of damp and mould problems, which they would now “follow up,” and that pest control treatments have been put in place.

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