An expatriate living in Lagos identified as Peter Nielsen has been accused of allegedly killing his wife Zainab by hitting her head on the floor several times and then proceeding to poison their three and half year old daughter Petra, after which he dragged the kid’s body into the kitchen. He placed both bodies on each other, and allegedly turned on the gas and stove to set them ablaze.
According to prosecuting counsel, Effiong Asuquo, a Chief Superintendent of Police (CSP), the offences were punishable under Section 223 of the Criminal Laws of Lagos State, 2015.
Asuquo tendered a three-page application, containing 15 grounds for the Nielsen’s remand.
He said: “There is overwhelming forensic evidence linking the defendant to the assault and murder of his wife and daughter. Investigation has also shown that the defendant was habitually violent to his late wife, Zainab.”
According to Asuquo, a fight broke out between the couple in their flat at about 3am.
Nielsen a Danish man was allegedly seen fighting and hitting her head on a wall by his wife’s two relations, Mimi, 11, and Faith, 13 who lived with them in their Banana island home, following which she died.
The prosecutor alleged that Nielsen then poisoned Petra before dragging her body into the kitchen.
Asuquo said: “He took the lifeless little girl and put her under the mother’s body and then put on gas stove burners in the kitchen so that it will be believed that the wife and daughter were suffocated to death by the cooking gas.
“The offences which the defendant has committed are capital offences and thus the defendant needs to be remanded in prison custody pending legal advice by the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) and proper arraignment and trial before the High Court. It is in the national interest that the suspect remains in prison custody pending legal advice and his arraignment and trial.”