Court Remands Dutch National In Prison For Allegedly Killing Wife And Daughter
A Lagos High Court sitting in Igbosere area of the State, has ordered the remand of Dutch National, Peter Nielson, in prison over alleged murder of his wife and daughter.
The suspect appeared before Justice Bola Okikiolu-Ighile on two counts of murder, an offence contrary to Section 223 of the Criminal Laws of Lagos, 2015.
The Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr. Adeniji Kazeem who led the prosecuting team informed the court that the defendant murdered his wife Zainab Nielson and his daughter Petra Nielson, at their resident in Banana Island thereby committed an offence Punishable Under Section 223, Cap C17, Vol 3, Criminal law of Lagos State 2015.
The defendant’s counsel, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Mr Olasupo Shasore, said he was not opposing the charge but that the defence would like to carry out their own test.
Mr. Shasore who was the former State Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, asked the Court to provide directives to the prosecuting team to furnish him with autopsy report.
He said, “We are interested in taking the blood sample of the defendant; I thought it will be better to inform this court that his blood sample would be taken for DNA, analysis.”
Justice Okikiolu-Ighile then asked the defendant if he would like to give his consent for his blood sample to be taken for the DNA test.
Nielson, in his response, said, “Yes I give my consent for my blood sample to be taken for DNA”.
The commissioner, on his part, promised to make same available to the defence team, noting that the state government’s forensic lab would collect the blood sample of the defendant.
He explained that this was because of the pending medical tests and the fast-approaching annual court vacation scheduled to commence in July.
In her ruling, Justice Okikiolu- Ighile ordered that the defendant be remanded in prison custody.
She then adjourned the case till October 8 and 9 after the court’s vacation, for the commencement of trial.