Man Tried Over Murder Of Student Who Refused Advances

A file photo of a court gavel.
A file photo of a court gavel.

 

A trial began Sunday for an Egyptian man accused of stabbing a woman to death in a public street after she rejected his advances – a case that has sparked widespread outrage.

A video went viral last week appearing to show the victim, identified as student Nayera Ashraf, being stabbed by a young man outside her university.

The crime has triggered widespread anger both in Egypt and beyond, having been followed a few days later by a similar incident in which Jordanian student Iman Irshaid was shot dead on a university campus.

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Social media users immediately drew comparisons between the two murders, decrying cases of femicide in the Arab world.

At the Mansoura Criminal Court, 130 kilometres (80 miles) north of Cairo, Mohamed Adel was accused of “premeditated murder”, after confessing to intentionally killing the victim, an AFP correspondent said.

Ashraf had previously reported the alleged perpetrator to the authorities, fearing that he would attack her, according to her father and witnesses.

The maximum penalty for murder is death in Egypt, which carried out the third highest number of executions in the world in 2021, according to Amnesty International.

“He stabbed her several times,” said the prosecution, which found “messages threatening to cut her throat” on the victim’s phone.

The next hearing is set for Tuesday, the defendant’s lawyer, Ahmed Hamad, told AFP.

In a rare occurrence among cases involving violence against women, authorities allowed television cameras to film the hearing on Sunday.

On social media, many Jordanian and Egyptian users called for the perpetrator to be sentenced to death, while others said men must “learn to take no for an answer”.

Egyptian preacher Mabrouk Attia sparked outrage last week after suggesting that the victim would not have met the same fate had she been veiled.

Nearly eight million Egyptian women were victims of violence committed by their partners or relatives, or by strangers in public spaces, according to a United Nations survey conducted in 2015.

Court Sentences Killer Of Ex-Edo Governor’s Mother To Death

A file photo of a court gavel.
A file photo of a court gavel.

 

The Edo State High Court has sentenced one Dominion Okoro to death by hanging for the murder of one Maria Oredola Igbinedion in Benin City, the Edo State capital.

The convict, dominion, was at the time of the offence working as a maid to Madam Oredola, mother of a former governor of Edo State, Lucky Igbinedion at Adolor Street off Water Resources in Ugbor, Government Residential Area of the state capital.

Justice Efe Ikponmwoba who delivered the judgement convicted Dominion on the three-count charge of murder, administering sedatives and robbery with violence filed against her.

The convict had confessed to drugging Madam Oredola and killing her with a stool on or about December 2, 2021, she also robbed the victim of N100,000 and made away with two wrist watches and jewellery.

She had subsequently escaped from the house and called her sister – Patience Okoro – who was later charged as the second defendant on a count of accessory after the fact to murder.

Justice Ikponmwoba discharged and acquitted the second defendant.

Alleged Homicide: How Osinachi’s Husband Threatened To Kill Singer – Victim’s Mother

 

The mother of Osinachi Nwachukwu has narrated before the FCT High Court in Abuja how the late gospel singer’s husband threatened to kill the late victim.

Appearing before Justice Njideka Nwosu-Iheme on Monday, 61-year-old Caroline Madu, said the accused, Peter Nwachukwu, threatened to kill Osinachi if she (the mother) tried visiting her.

According to Madu, 42-year-old Osinachi was last seen in December during a church programme before her death on April 8.

When the singer was sick, Madu claimed to have told Osinachi that she needed treatment. She, however, said she would have to plead with her husband, adding that if she visited her, her husband would kill her.

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The singer’s mother, who was in tears, accused Peter of coming to steal her child. Madu said Peter told the family that he was an evangelist. On the contrary, he would beat her child like a carpenter working on a piece of wood.

During Osinachi’s pregnancy, the mother said her husband will beat her and when she asked her to come and see him, the singer’s husband refused.

She added that Peter bragged that if she did not go alive, she will go in death. Madam Madu stated that the situation forced her to send her senior daughter – Favour Madu –  to go bring Osinachi home. The move was successful as Osinachi stayed a year and three months before Peter sent some pastors to plead with her family to take her back.

According to her, Osinachi agreed, telling her family, “What God has joined together, no man should put asunder.”

The late singer was said to have returned to her husband who then resumed the beatings.

When she asked Osinachi for monetary assistance, Madu claimed the late singer could not give her as the money was deposited in Peter’s account.

She further told the court that there was a time she was ill, and people had to plead with Peter to allow her to come over to Abuja for treatment. She recalled going to church with them one day and after the service, Peter drove off with the kids leaving Osinachi and her stranded.

She added that Osinachi never visited her in Enugu and Peter never allowed her to even pick up her call.

On Osinachi’s health status, Madu maintained her daughter only told her that she had an ulcer whereas the husband had claimed she died of lung cancer.

Upon hearing about her daughter’s death via radio and television on April 8, the grieving mother said people started coming to her house crying

In the evening  around 7 pm, she said Peter used Osinachi’s number and called her and she asked him how they were, stating that Osinachi was dead

Responding, Madu told the court that she shouted in tears telling him (Peter) that the promise he made that if she didn’t leave alive, she will in death, has finally come to pass. She recalled how she then cut the call and switched off the phone

Under cross-examination, she said she never knew if Osinachi suffered from another ailment.

Bolsonaro Blamed As Evidence Mounts Of Amazon Murders

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro (File Photo)

 

Nature defenders, colleagues and family of British journalist Dom Phillips and Indigenous expert Bruno Pereira expressed anger Thursday as evidence mounted they were murdered in the Amazon, laying the blame at the door of Brazil’s government.

Guardian contributor Phillips, 57, and Pereira, 41, went missing on June 5 in a remote part of the rainforest that is rife with illegal mining, fishing and logging, as well as drug trafficking.

Ten days later, on Wednesday, a suspect named Amarildo da Costa de Oliveira took police to a place where he said he had helped bury bodies near the city of Atalaia do Norte, where the pair had been headed.

Human remains unearthed from the site were to be brought to Brazilia Thursday to be officially identified by experts. Results are likely expected by next week.

Late Wednesday, the federal police chief of Brazil’s northern Amazonas state said there was “a 99-percent probability” the remains “corresponded” to the missing men.

They had apparently been shot.

Phillips, a long-time contributor to The Guardian and other leading international newspapers, was working on a book on sustainable development in the Amazon, with Pereira as his guide, when they went missing.

Pereira, an expert at Brazil’s indigenous affairs agency FUNAI, had received multiple threats from loggers and miners trying to invade isolated Indigenous land.

‘Heartbroken’

Phillips’ family said in a statement they were “heartbroken” by the discovery of two bodies Wednesday, which they took as confirmation that the pair were murdered.

Greenpeace Brazil said the deaths were “a direct result of the agenda of President Jair Bolsonaro for the Amazon, which opens the way for predatory activities and crimes to be reproduced in broad daylight.”

The Javari Valley where the men went missing — an area near the borders with Peru and Colombia — is home to about 20 isolated Indigenous groups where drug traffickers, loggers, miners and illegal fishermen operate.

“In the last three years, our country has increasingly become a land where the only valid law is that of ‘anything goes,” said Greenpeace of the Bolsonaro term.

“It has become a land of invasion and land grabbing; of mining and illegal logging; of territorial conflicts, and where it’s worth killing to ensure that none of these criminal activities are prevented from happening. All this is fueled by the actions and omissions of the Brazilian government.”

Bolsonaro has pushed to develop the Amazon, the world’s largest tropical rainforest, since he took office in 2019.

On Wednesday, he drew fresh criticism for saying Phillips was “disliked” for his reporting on the region and should have been more careful.

“The level of violence applied to Bruno and Dom makes clear how the Amazon is at the mercy of the law of the most powerful, under which brutality is the rule,” said WWF Brazil.

“The State abandoned the Amazon due to a meaningless project of destruction of the forest and extermination of its peoples.”

‘Political Crime’

The Univaja Indigenous peoples grouping, which had taken part in the search, denounced the suspected killings as a “political crime,” while the Brazilian Association of Investigative Journalism said “the president and his allies have become protagonists of attacks on the press” uncovering environmental crimes.

Jonathan Watts, a colleague of Phillips at The Guardian, told AFP in London the “monstrous” crime should not deter journalists and others from exposing the truth.

“People dead for defending Indigenous lands and the environment. Brazil cannot be that,” said ex-president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, who will face Bolsonaro in October elections.

Investigations continue into the motive for the crime as well as the role played by Oliveira and fellow suspect Oseney da Costa de Oliveira.

Brazilian media report there may be three more people involved. Police have not confirmed the information, but have not ruled out more arrests

‘How To Murder Your Husband’ Writer Jailed For Life Over Spouse Killing

A writer who penned a piece titled “How To Murder Your Husband” was on trial in the United States for killing her husband.

 

 

 

A US writer who penned a tract entitled “How to Murder Your Husband” was sentenced to life in prison on Monday for fatally shooting her spouse.

Nancy Crampton Brophy, 71, will be eligible to apply for parole in 25 years, a judge in the northwestern state of Oregon told her.

Crampton Brophy’s month-long murder trial heard how the author had used a gun barrel bought on eBay to kill her husband in the hope of collecting hundreds of thousands of dollars in life insurance.

The weapon, which she claimed had been acquired as research for a new novel, has never been found.

Chef Daniel Brophy was found on the floor of a classroom in a now-defunct culinary institute where he worked, in June 2018. He had been shot twice.

CCTV footage showed his wife driving in the area at the time.

The author, whose “Wrong Never Felt So Right” series of novels include “The Wrong Husband” and “The Wrong Lover,” claimed she had no memory of being there, but surmised that she would have been in the neighborhood trying to get inspiration for a new work of fiction.

Crampton Brophy, whose lawyers said last month they would appeal the verdict, denied the murder, insisting that years of financial struggle were behind the couple and that she had no reason to kill her husband.

“Where is the motivation? I would ask you,” Crampton Brophy said as she sparred with the prosecutor during her trial.

“An editor would laugh and say, ‘I think you need to work harder on this story, you have a big hole in it.'”

Her blog post “How to kill your husband,” which is still readily available online, discusses methods and motivations for dispatching an unwanted spouse.

These include financial gain and the use of a firearm, although it notes guns are “loud, messy, require some skill.”

“But the thing I know about murder is that every one of us have it in him/her when pushed far enough,” the essay says.

Student Arrested For Attempted Murder Of Policeman In Ogun

The suspect, 400 level student of the Olabisi Onabanjo University Ago Iwoye has been arrested for attempting to kill a policeman in Ogun State.

 

A 400-level student of the Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ago Iwoye, has been arrested for attempting to kill a policeman in Ogun State.

The spokesman of the Ogun State Police Command, Abimbola Oyeyemi, confirmed the arrest in a statement issued on Thursday in Abeokuta, saying that the victim was on duty along the Ijebu Ode-Ibadan Road on June 1.

The suspect, Oyeyemi said, “was seen driving a fully artificial tinted Toyota Camry car with registration number LND 929 GX loaded with some house properties towards Ibadan Oyo state and was flagged down for checking since the occupants are not visible from outside”.

“Instead of the driver to stop, he accelerated and intentionally knocked down one Inspector Idowu Moses attached to PMF 71 Awa Ijebu, consequent upon which the said inspector sustained a serious bodily injury and passed out momentarily,” the statement added.

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Having knocked down the policeman, the police spokesman said the suspect continue his journey toward Ibadan Road believing that the victim was dead.

He explained that the seriously injured officer was rescued by his colleagues.

“He was taken to the hospital for treatment while others started tracing the suspect towards Ibadan Road. He was eventually arrested at a village close to Ibadan and brought down to Ijebu Ode Area Command,” Oyeyemi stated.

In his reaction to the incident, the Commissioner of Police, Lanre Bankole, ordered that the suspect be charged to court as soon as possible.

The commissioner also warned that he will not tolerate any attack on police operatives on duty, admonishing members of the public to desist from such criminal acts.

Anambra Assembly Condemns ‘Barbaric Murder’ Of Lawmaker, Tasks Soludo On Security

File photo of Anambra State House of Assembly. Inset: Late Okechukwu Okoye

 

The Anambra State House of Assembly has mourned one of its members, Okechukwu Okoye, the lawmaker representing Governor Chukwuma Soludo’s constituency.

Okoye was gruesomely murdered after gunmen kidnapped him and his aide, Cyril Chiegboka, last week Sunday, along Aguluzigbo road, Anaocha Local Government Area of the state. He represented Aguata 2 Constituency in the Anambra State Assembly.

Seven days after the kidnap, House Speaker, Rt. Hon. Uche Okafor issued a statement where he described Okoye’s death as unfortunate and heartbreaking.

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He said the deceased lawmaker was “one of the outspoken and articulated lawmakers,” noting that “the Legislative Institution in the state has lost a quality member in the person of Hon. Okoye.”

While recalling his contributions to the House, the Speaker said other lawmakers will deeply feel his demise as well as miss his sense of humour, hospitality and commitment to duty among other positive attributes.

The Speaker also tasked Governor Chukwuma Soludo with securing lives and properties in Anambra State, urging him not to relent in the state government’s efforts.

He equally called on residents of Anambra State and other well-meaning citizens to join hands with the governor in securing the state.

The House also commiserated with the late Okoye’s immediate family, his kinsman, Governor Soludo and the entire Isuofia community on behalf of the entire legislature enjoining them to take solace in the fact that the short but eventful life of the deceased was full of quality service to God and humanity.

Deborah Samuel: Mob ‘Overpowered’ DSS Operatives Who Tried To Save Her– Tambuwal

 

Sokoto State Governor Aminu Tambuwal on Friday shed more light on the circumstances leading to the killing of Deborah Samuel, saying the mob overpowered the security agents. 

Tambuwal disclosed that contrary to a general view, operatives of the Department of State Services (DSS) tried but could not save the late 200-level student of the Shehu Shagari College of Education.

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“Contrary possibly to what you are thinking, the security agencies particularly the DSS, were able to get to the school on time and were actually able to get Deborah rescued from the mob initially,” he told reported as he visited Delta State to continue his presidential campaign.

“As they were mobilising forces from the military barracks, the police command, the mob was growing. As we speak, one of the DSS agents that attempted to save her life is in the hospital with a broken head and the other one had a broken hand.

“They were actually overpowered. It is not as if she was left on her own. There was rescue by the DSS and they were around where she was locked into – a room – because they tried to really save her but unfortunately they were overpowered.”

Sokoto State Governor, Aminu Tambuwal briefs reporters in Delta State on May 20, 2022.

 

The governor also debunked reports that security operatives did not respond to the emergency situation in the institution.

When asked whether Sokoto is safe for a visit, the governor explained that normalcy is gradually returning to the north-western state.

His administration, he assured, will ensure that justice is served with the killers prosecuted.

He equally reiterated his condemnation for the murder, warning residents of the state and indeed Nigerians against taking laws into their hands or embracing jungle justice.

This is even as he assured that his state is open for visits by non-indigenes and Nigerians from various parts of the country.

Court Sentences Danish Man Peter Nielsen To Death For Killing Wife, Daughter

Alleged Murder: Danish Man To Remain In Prison As Trial Begins In October
Peter Nielsen during his arraignment on charges of allegedly killing his wife and daughter at the Lagos High Court, Igbosere, Lagos on June 13, 2018.

 

A Lagos High Court Sitting at the Tafawa Balewa Square of Lagos Island on Friday sentenced to death by hanging, a Danish man, Peter Nielsen, accused of killing his Nigerian wife Zainab and his three-and-a-half-year-old daughter.

In a judgment that lasted over five hours, Justice Bolanle Okikiolu-Ighile found Nielsen guilty of two counts of murder contrary to Section 223 of the Criminal Laws of Lagos, 2015.

The Lagos State Government had accused Nielsen then 53 of smothering the two to death on April 5, 2018, at about 3.45 am at their Banana Island residence in the Ikoyi area of the state.

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At his arraignment on June 13, 2018, Nielsen pleaded not guilty to the two counts of murder following which trial commenced.

In her judgment, Justice Okikiolu-Ighile said she relied on the post-mortem examination carried out by the consultant pathologist, Professor John Obafunwa on the deceased persons.

His examination had suggested that Zainab was killed when her nose and mouth were forcibly closed which deprived her of oxygen.

She had also suffered bruises on her head and neck which were consistent with blunt force trauma.

According to the pathologist, Zainab and Petra died of head injuries and asphyxia (or suffocation) which could not have been self-inflicted.

On whether the deaths were caused by the defendant (Peter Nielsen), the court recounted several testimonies given by the prosecution witnesses including a housemaid, Zainab’s sibling and two police officers who testified of incidents of domestic violence perpetrated by Mr Nielsen on his wife.

The court particularly held that Zainab’s sister, Pepe, was a witness of truth. She had testified about a fight she witnessed between the couple in 2017, adding that the defendant had threatened to kill her if she ever told anyone about what she saw.

The late Zainab, aged 37 was popularly known as Alizee and was in the course of promoting her single, “Alhaji Musa” before she was murdered.

 

 

Deborah Samuel: Governor Tambuwal Relaxes 24-Hour Curfew In Sokoto

A photo combination of Sokoto State Governor Aminu Tambuwal and a map of Sokoto State.
A photo combination of Sokoto State Governor Aminu Tambuwal and a map of Sokoto State.

 

Sokoto State Governor, Aminu Tambuwal has relaxed the curfew imposed as a result of the violent protest that trailed the arrest of suspects linked to the murder of Deborah Samuel.

Deborah, a 200l student of the Shehu Shagari College of Education, was lynched and burnt to death by an angry mob on Thursday after being accused of blasphemy. The situation drew condemnation from many, including the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar and the Catholic Bishop of Sokoto, Bishop Matthew Kukah.

In a swift reaction, the police authorities arrested two suspects linked to the murder, saying they had begun a manhunt for other suspects who appeared in footage of the gruesome murder which trended on social media.

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Shortly after, a violent protest degenerated in the north-western state that led to several loss of properties.

Worried by the situation, Governor Tambuwal declared a 24-hour curfew within the metropolis on Saturday in a bid to prevent the protest from spreading further.

But in a statement on Monday, the Commissioner for Information and Orientation, Isah Bajini, said Governor Tambuwal relaxed the curfew after receiving a briefing from security agencies in the state.

“Sequel to the briefing by the security heads in the state, the State Governor, Rt Hon Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, has ordered the relaxation of the 24-hour curfew in force in Sokoto metropolis

“The revised curfew will now be from dusk to dawn in Sokoto township. This is with a view to affording people the window to pursue their legitimate businesses and other means of livelihood.”

 

Bamise Ayanwola’s Murder: First Prosecution Witness Testifies, Says BRT Driver Raped Her

A photo collage of the victim Bamise and the BRT Bus

 

The trial of a Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) driver, Andrew Nice Ominnikoron, has begun at a Lagos High Court sitting at Tafawa Balewa Square, with the testimony of the first prosecution witness, Nneka Maryjane Odezulu.

Ominnikoron was arraigned on March 22 before Justice Serifat Sonaike on four-count charge bordering on rape, conspiracy and murder of his passenger, Bamise Ayanwola.

At the proceedings on Monday, the Lagos State, Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Moyosore Onigbanjo, who led the prosecution, informed the court that his office had amended the charge against the defendant and added additional proof of evidence against the defendant.

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Pursuant to Section 155 and 251 (3) of the Administration of Criminal Justice Law of Lagos State, he urged the court to let the defendant retake his plea.

The five-count amended charge was then read to the defendant and he pleaded not guilty to all the counts.

The prosecution swiftly called its first witness, Odezulu who proceeded to narrate to the court how the defendant raped her after tearing her clothes.

While answering questions from the AG, the witness told Justice Sherifat Sonaike that before the defendant raped her, he slapped her and held her neck such that she couldn’t breath again, she also said he tried to strangle her after which he tore her clothes.

Odezulu, aged 29, described herself as a sales representative and a mother.

She said that on November, 25, 2021, after closing from work, around 8pm, which is the time she normally closes, she stood at Alesh Hotel Bus Stop, Ajah, where she saw the BRT bus parked.

She said that she approached the driver (the defendant) and asked him if he was going to get to her bus stop in the Jakande area of Lekki. After he answered yes, she asked how much the fare was and he said N100, so she boarded the bus and sat at the back.

The witness stated that shortly after, a man approached the defendant and asked him if he was going to Oshodi and he said yes then they started arguing about the price but later the man didn’t enter the bus.

Odezulu said, “When I entered the BRT, the lights were on, but on getting to Lekki Conservation, Lekki-Ajah express way, he stopped the motor and brought out one medicine. He took the medicine with one bottle water, so I did not bother myself because I thought it was a medication.

“After that, he asked me to come to the front seat that why am I sitting at the back seat. Then I stood up and went to sit at the front. Then he started asking me questions what is my name, how old I am, who do I live with. In the process of asking me questions, he brought out his phone, and discussed with the person on the other end, about two transactions.

“When he concluded, he turned to me and said let’s go and park somewhere and discuss. I said sir, I am coming back from work and I am tired and I need to go and pick my daughter from after school care, that was when I noticed that his manhood was up,” the witness testified.

“Then I brought out my big phone, I wanted to call somebody and record what was happening, he was like what I’m I doing, who do I want to call with my phone? He got up from the driver’s seat and collected my phone from me.

“He held on to a small knife and dragged me to the back and said I should pull off my clothes, I was like why will I pull off my clothes, do I know you before?

“We started dragging and he said I should remove everything because I was not a baby. He slapped me and held my neck and wanted to strangle me. I couldn’t breathe again, then his face changed and he said that if he kills me now, nothing will happen and nobody will know where I am that I should respect myself.

“He pushed me down at the back seat, I held the seats and was begging him. He held the knife, tore my clothes and raped me from the back.

“After that, I told him to stop me that I want to come down. He said I told him that I was going to Jakande that he will drop me at my bus stop. On getting to my bus stop, I asked him to please give me my phone and open the door for me, and then he started apologising that he was sorry for everything that happened.

“He said I should give him my account number. I told him, I don’t need his money, and then he said that I am being stubborn that I don’t want to give him my account number. So I gave him my account number and he sent N3000 and said I should use it to buy pain killers.”

The witness further said, “He asked me to give him my phone number, I gave him before he gave me back my phone and then opened the BRT door. Then I used my big phone to record the plate number from the back.

“Few hours later, he called me and said he was sorry, and asked me if I had gotten home, have I picked my daughter from after school. I did not answer any of his questions then I ended the call. He called me back the next day and subsequently but I did not pick his calls.”

She also said, “After the incident, whenever I’m coming back from work and see any BRT Bus, I use to look inside to see if it was him. I have seen him like four times at that Chevron Tollgate when he passed.”

When asked if she reported the rape case at the police station, she said no that she has had a bad experience with the police, at Jakande and that if she had reported they would have insulted her.

The witness showed the court the stripped dress she wore on the day she was raped, by the defendant, after which the prosecution sought to tender it in evidence as an exhibit.

The defendant’s counsel, Mr Abayomi Omotubora, raised objections to some of the question answered by the witness.

He also raised objections to the admissibility of the dress sought to be tendered as an  exhibit on the grounds that it was not stated in the proof of evidence. Citing Section 221 (1) (3) 2011 and 36 (6), 1999, of the Evidence Act to buttress his argument, he urged the court not to admit the exhibit in evidence.

In a short ruling, Justice Serifat Sonaike, overruled the objections of the defence counsel and admitted the exhibit in evidence.

She subsequently adjourned the case till Tuesday, May 10 for continuation of trial.

Andrew Nice Ominnikoron is facing a five-count charge bordering on rape, conspiracy, felony, sexual assault, and murder preferred against him by the Lagos state government.

The prosecution said that the defendant on November 25, 2021, allegedly raped a 29 year -old lady Nneka Maryjane Odezulu, without her consent.

It said that the incident took place at about 7pm, at the Lekki- Ajah Conservation centre off the Lekki Ajah expressway in Lagos.

The DPP also told the court that Andrew Nice conspired with others now at large and forcefully had sexual intercourse with his 22-year-old passenger, Oluwabamise Ayanwole, a fashion designer without her consent after which he murdered her.

Dr Martins said the rape incident happened on February 25, 2022, at about 8 pm, on the Lekki-Ajah Conservation expressway.

He said that the defendant and others still at large on February 26, 2022, unlawfully killed Oluwabamise Ayanwole by throwing her out of a moving bus at Cater bridge after having sexual intercourse with her without her consent.

According to the prosecutor, the offences committed is contrary to and punishable under Sections 411, 223, 260 and 165 of the Criminal Laws of Lagos State, 2015.

When all the counts were read to the defendant, he pleaded not guilty to the charge against him.

Court Fixes Friday For Judgment In Case Of Danish Man Accused Of Killing Wife, Daughter

Alleged Murder: Danish Man To Remain In Prison As Trial Begins In October
Peter Nielsen during his arraignment on charges of allegedly killing his wife and daughter at the Lagos High Court, Igbosere, Lagos on June 13, 2018.

 

The Lagos High Court sitting at Tafawa Balewa Square will on Friday deliver judgment in the case against a Danish man, Peter Nielsen, accused of killing his Nigerian wife and daughter.

At the last sitting of the court on March 1st, Justice Bolanle Okikiolu-Ighile had fixed the date for judgment after lawyers in the matter adopted their final written addresses.

The Lagos State Government had arraigned the defendant, Peter Nielsen before the court on a two-count charge of murder contrary to Section 223 of the Criminal Laws of Lagos, 2015.

The state submitted that the defendant, aged 53, allegedly killed his Nigerian musician wife, Zainab also known as Alizee, and his daughter on April 5, 2018, at about 3.45 am at their Banana Island residence in the Ikoyi area of Lagos.

Nielsen was arraigned on June 13, 2018.

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He, however, pleaded not guilty to the two counts of murder punishable under Section 223 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.

At the last sitting of the court on March 1, the defence counsel, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Olasupo Shasore, while moving the final written submission, asked the court to acquit and discharge his client.

Shasore raised two issues for the determination of the court, which he said relate to the defendant’s right to a fair hearing.

He cited the ruling of the court on July 19, 2021, where the judge dismissed an application seeking to discharge Peter Nielsen, accused of killing his Nigerian wife and daughter, from the murder trial.

Shasore had in that application applied to the court for the production of an exhibit, the nightgown the deceased wore the night she was killed. He asked for the exhibit to be produced for DNA testing.

Shasore also said he had applied for a search on the court’s record but was told that the exhibit could not be found due to the burning of the court on October 21, 2020, during the #ENDSARS saga.

He submitted at the time that since the exhibit was missing, substantial justice would not be done to the defendant in the absence of the exhibit.

“When we made our application, we did not know that exhibit PWN would not be found. In the absence of exhibit PWN, it means that the defendant’s constitutional rights have been violated. Also that the court itself has been deprived of the opportunity to evaluate PWN,” the SAN said.

“This PWN is the nightgown the deceased was wearing at the time of her death and the DNA analysis was derived from it. The expert witness called by the prosecution, in his testimony, based his entire evidence on PWN,” Shasore said.

Justice Okikiolu-Ighile had ruled that the submission, though brilliant, was premature.

The judge held that both the prosecution and defence had called several witnesses and tendered several exhibits which were not premised on the said exhibit.

“Therefore, at the end of the proceedings, when all the evidence has been given and final written addresses adopted, the court will then evaluate the totality of all the evidence before it.

“The submission of the learned silk is premature, the application sought, and the consequential relief is hereby dismissed,” the judge held.

On the second issue raised by the defence counsel, the SAN noted that it was a very crucial point, the assumption that there was an eyewitness.

He said “We submit that there was no eyewitness, the so-called eyewitness said she was behind the children’s door, and being behind the children’s door to see the Master’s bedroom, is practically impossible.

“We urge your Lordship to consider all the defence, submissions on all the evidence collected by the state and which was not produced, the DNA testing it collected and were not produced. We have a reasonable doubt in favour of the defendant’s innocence,” he insisted.

“I urge the court to uphold, our argument and after four years in detention, your Lordship should acquit and discharge the defendant so that he can properly mourn his wife and daughter,”.

In his response, Adebayo Haroun, the Lagos State Deputy Director of Public Prosecutions, said “We have replied to all the issues raised by the defence, including the two points raised by the learned senior counsel, the eye witness PW6 and the circumstantial evidence placed before your Lordship.

“The prosecution has been able to prove its case without reasonable doubt that Peter Nielsen, murdered Zainab Nielsen and Petra Nielsen, on April 5, 2018. My lord we do not have anything to add to the final written address, we urge your Lordship to convict the defendant as charged,” he said.

The court subsequently adjourned to May 6 for judgment.