The lawyers and court officials involved in the trial of a Danish man accused of killing his wife and three-year-old daughter in their upscale Lagos home was on Tuesday adjourned to next month.
Punch reports Peter Nielsen, 53, have been detained by the magistrate court in Yaba, until June 28 when his proper trial at a high court for the April 5 alleged murder of Zainab, his wife and their daughter Petra, was to start.
Zainab, a 37-year-old singer popularly known as Alizee, was a rising Nigerian star.
“He was brought to court this morning but no plea was taken. The prosecutors asked for an extension of his detention in Ikoyi prison pending his trial at the high court,” activist lawyer Christian Kolawole Love said.
“The request was granted as Mr. Nielsen will remain in prison until June 28,” he said.
He said the prosecution was hopeful that justice would be done in the matter.
“We are optimistic that the course of justice will be served. Nielsen is culpable in the murder of Zainab and Petra and should be brought to justice,” he said.
Friends and family, right activist under the auspises of Women Arise NGO, armed with placards decrying the reality of domestic Violence, throng the court with T-shirt shirts with the pictures of Zainab and her daughter.
“Our campaign against domestic violence will be pursued with renewed vigour in order to stop this menace that is consuming our families,” Joe Okei Odumakin, Women Arise president said outside the court.
The Danish man was first remanded in prison when he appeared in court on April 11 as the authorities awaited legal advice from the state director of public prosecution.
He was said to have hit his wife’s head against the wall several times, inflicting fatal injuries and later poisoned his daughter and tried to cover up the murders as a domestic accident.