The Nation (Nigeria)

Trial of Danish man accused of killing Nigerian wife, kid stalled


THEtrial of a Danish, Peter Neilsen, accused of killing his Nigerian wife and their daughter, was yesterday stalled due to the defendant’s delay in filing an applicatio­n.

Nielsen, 54, is standing trial before a Lagos High Court, Tafawa Balewa Square (TBS) on two counts bordering on murder.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the defendant was accused of killing his singer wife, Zainab and their three-and-a-half-year-old daughter, Petra on April 5, 2018.

At the resumed hearing, the defendant’s counsel Olasupo Shasore, SAN, filed an applicatio­n requesting for some exhibits, to enable him conduct an examinatio­n.

According to defendant, on the last adjourned date, he asked the court for some exhibits in preparatio­n for his defence.

Shasore said: “I would have filed the applicatio­n before now, but for the strike”.

He told the court that he had three more witnesses, a pathologis­t from University of Ibadan; a genetic witness from University of Lagos Teaching Hospital and the defendant.

In his response to the applicatio­n, the Deputy Director of Public Prosecutio­ns, Mr Adebayo Haroun, said the prosecutio­n would need time to react to the applicatio­n.

Justice Okikiolu-ighile said, ”I feel so uncomforta­ble because time is ticking. Immediatel­y after the strike was called off, I said this is one of the cases I must hear. I don’t have a court yet. I denied a brother judge from sitting today because I told him about the importance of this matter.”

Nielsen was arraigned on June 13, 2018 and he pleaded not guilty.

The case was adjourned until July 19.

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