The Lagos State Government said it has concluded presentation of evidence in the trial of a Danish citizen, Peter Nelson, accused of killing his wife, Zainab, and their daughter, Petra.
Zainab, 37, and Petra, 3, were allegedly murdered by Nielsen at their Banana Island residence in Ikoyi, Lagos, on April 5, 2018.
According to the prosecution, Zainab, who was a musician, popularly known as ‘Alizee’, was murdered at about 3.45 am on the fateful day.
Nelson, who is standing trial before a Lagos High Court, in Igbosere Division, is being prosecuted by the state for the alleged murders.
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The prosecution, led by Titilayo Shitta Bey; Solicitor General and Permanent Secretary, of the state Ministry of Justice, concluded their case at the resumed hearing on Thursday.
The defendant’s team, led by Olasupo Shasore, cross-examined the last prosecution witness, Idem Richard Somiari.
Somiari, the state’s ninth and final witness, had been examined and cross-examined for over three days.
Somiari, under the cross examination by Shasore, stated that the defendant’s DNA was found in the apartment and on the nightgown of his deceased wife.
But the expert testified that the defendant’s DNA was not found on the body of his deceased daughter, nor in the kitchen, where the bodies of both deceased persons were discovered.
The witness, however, stated that he found a DNA of an unknown female in the kitchen.
He denied that the crime scene investigation and forensic DNA analysis was deliberately aimed at gathering evidence and arriving at results to nail the suspect, when confronted by the defence.
He insisted that the forensic DNA team took necessary measures to prevent contamination of the crime scene, by putting on personal protective gear, comprising gloves, shoe covers, and disposable laboratory coats.
Somiari could not give specific number of persons who could have had access to the crime scene between the time the bodies were discovered, and the examination of the crime scene by forensic experts.
The prosecution witness also informed the court that samples for DNA analysis were only taken from three occupants of the apartment; the defendant and the two deceased persons, adding that though six people lived in the apartment at the time of the murder.
The Court adjourned the matter until October 25, 2019, for continuation of trial.
The defence team is expected to open its case when hearing resumes.
The deceased wife, a native of Kogi State, was reportedly preparing to promote her January 2018-released single, ‘Alhaji Musa’, before the alleged murder.
The 37-year-old singer signed a two-year record deal with an Asian record label, Petra Entertainment, in 2017.
The deal was said to have fetched her a new Ford Explorer SUV, a house on Banana Island, and international distribution with affiliates of her record company in Asia.