The Nation (Nigeria)

Court declines to free Dane accused of killing wife, daughter

- By Robert Egbe

AA DANE accused of killing his Nigerian wife and daughter, Mr Peter Nielsen, yesterday lost his bid to regain freedom at a Lagos High Court at the Tafa Balewa Square.

Nielsen’s applicatio­n seeking to be discharged of the double murder charge was dismissed by Justice Bolanle Okikiolu-ighile on the ground that it was brilliant, but premature.

The Dane had premised his applicatio­n on a missing piece of critical evidence said to have been destroyed during the burning down of the Igbosere High Court last October.

His counsel, Mr Olasupo Shasore (SAN), had prayed the court to discharge the defendant on that basis that the exhibit, his late wife’s nightgown containing DNA evidence was missing.

According to Shasore, the nightgown the woman wore the night she was killed, could no longer be found in the court’s record due to burning of the court by hoodlums who hijacked the October 2020 #ENDSARS protest.

He submitted that substantia­l justice could not be done in the absence of the exhibit.

Nielsen, 54, is standing trial on a two-count charge of murder.

The Dane is accused of killing his Nigerian wife, Zainab, a singer, and their threeyear-old daughter, on April 5, 2018.

At the resumed hearing, Justice Bolanle Okikiolu-ighile dismissed the defendant’s applicatio­n after hearing arguments of both defence and prosecutio­n.

Okikiolu-ighile ruled that the submission of defence counsel, though brilliant, was premature.

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

Nielsen was arraigned on June 13, 2018, but he pleaded not guilty to a two-count of murder, contrary to Section 223 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.

The case has been adjourned until August 2 for continuati­on of trial.

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