A magistrate court in Yaba has adjourned the trial of a Danish man, Peter Nielsen accused of killing his wife and three-year-old daughter in their Lagos home.
The case was adjourned to next month, lawyers and court officials said.
The court on Tuesday, however, ordered the continued detention of Nielsen, 53, 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.
“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.
Dozens of rights activists under the auspices of Women Arise NGO, families and friends of the victims, besieged the court in black in T-shirts with the pictures of Zainab and her daughter.
They carried placards denouncing the growing menance of domestic violence in the country, amidst sobbings and wailings of relatives of the victims, including Zainab’s mother.
08 May, 2018