Justice Bolanle Okikolu-Ighile of a Lagos State High Court sitting at Tafawa Balewa Square, TBS, today convicted and sentenced a Dane, Peter Nielsen to death by hanging.
Peter Nielsen was found guilty of killing his Nigerian wife and her daughter in 2018. He was first arraigned last year over the previous criminal act.
Nielsen had in his testimony before the court said he woke up on the day in question and found his wife and daughter dead.
But the Lagos State Government wouldn’t have any of that as it insisted that Nielsen actually killed his wife, Zainab and daughter, Petra. Zainab was said to be a musician before her death.
He had earlier informed the court that he and his wife had been intimate before the incident. He revealed how she had watched a game of football with him.
“There was a football match that evening, my wife knew it was a very important match to me, to my surprise she watched it with me.
“Around 9:45 pm, the children went to their room, and my wife and I continued watching highlights from the game. It was a very joyful moment.
“Around 11 pm, we took our bath together, went to our bedroom and we were intimate.
“Around 2:30 am, we were woken by our daughter, Petra, who entered our room and said she wanted to watch a cartoon on the iPad,”
He said his wife took his daughter to the sitting room for the cartoons she wanted to watch and she told him that she would warm some food for their daughter.
“I kissed my wife and daughter and went back to sleep, about 2:35 am.
“I woke up around 7:30 am and noticed that my wife was not in the bedroom so I went to look for her.”
Nielsen said when he woke up, his wife was not beside him and he went downstairs and he found both of them dead in the kitchen, adding that there was a strong smell of gas.
However, the prosecution, led by the Commissioner for Justice Lagos State, Mr Moyosore Onigbanjo (SAN) objected to the evidence, stressing that it was just an afterthought.
After a long trial, Nielsen was found guilty of the crime and he was sentenced to die by hanging.