A Danish national, Peter Nielsen has been described as the principal suspect in the killing of his Nigerian wife, Zainab, and his three-year-old daughter, Petra.
The allegation was placed before the Lagos State High Court in Igbosere by a police inspector, Babashola Afolayan on Monday.
Recall that Naija News reported that Nielsen, allegedly murdered his wife and daughter at the family’s residence at the Ocean Parade, Banana Island, Lagos, on April 5, 2018.
The deceased younger sister had reported to the facility manager of the estate that Zainab was being assaulted by Nielsen.
Zainab’s younger sister who lives with the family, reportedly told the manager, Mr Kunle Kukoyi, that she heard her sister crying around 4 am.
The manager was said to have reported to the police at the Ikoyi Division and a police team was mobilised to the residence around 11 am and found Zainab and her daughter dead.
At Monday’s proceedings, during cross-examination by Nielsen’s counsel, Olasupo Shasore (SAN), Afolayan told the court that he only investigated the defendant as he was the principal suspect in the murder of the deceased.
He further stated that the defendant was the only suspect in the case because his deceased wife, Zainab, had reported at the Ikoyi Police Station around 2 am that Nielsen allegedly assaulted and beat her up around 1 am on the same day.
He said, “On July 18, 2017, the defendant’s wife came around 2 am and complained about the defendant that around 1 am, he pushed her to the bed and pressed her neck and beat her up; it was a case of assault occasioning harm against the defendant. She further reported that that day was the third time he would be beating her.
“She also added that she suspected that Nielsen was a drug addict, stating that whenever he took drugs, he beat her up; all these made him (Nielsen) to be the principal suspect.”
Afolayan also revealed that during his investigation he made sure that nobody went in and out of the compound.
The presiding judge, Justice Bolanle Okikiolu-Ighile, adjourned the case till February 20 for the continuation of trial.