A Lagos High Court sitting at the Tafawa Balewa Square sentenced, Peter Nielsen, a native of Denmark, to death by hanging for killing his Nigerian wife and daughter.

Justice Bolanle Okikiolu-Ighile yesterday convicted Nielsen on the two counts of murder brought against him by the Lagos State Government.

The Dane, who was sentenced to death by hanging on both counts, was on June 13, 2018, charged with the death of his wife and singer, Zainab, and their three-year-old daughter, Petra.

The state government had accused him of smothering Zainab and Petra to death at 3:45am at No. 4, Flat 17, Bella Vista Tower, Banana Island, Ikoyi.

He pleaded not guilty to the two-count charge of murder contrary to Section 223 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.

But in a five-hour judgment, Okikiolu-Ighile, held that oral and documentary evidence before the court showed that the prosecution proved beyond reasonable doubt that Nielsen smothered his wife and daughter.

Credit: Punch

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