Lagos High Court in Igbosere yesterday heard that a Nigerian singer, Zainab Nielsen and her three-and-a-half-year-old daughter, Petra, died violently.
A consultant pathologist, Prof. John Obafunwa, told the court that a coroner required him to carry out an autopsy on the deceased because of the gruesome state their bodies were found.
The witness testified yesterday in the twin murder trial of a Dane, Peter Nielsen, who is alleged to have killed Zainab, 29, and Petra on April 5 at the couple’s Banana Island, Lagos home.
Nielsen, 53, was arraigned on June 13 on a two-count charge of murder, contrary to Section 223 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.
Lagos Attorney-General (A-G) and Commissioner for Justice Kazeem Adeniji told Justice Mobolanle Okikiolu-Ighile that Nielsen killed Zainab and Petra about 3:45am at No. 4, Flat 17, Bella Vista Tower, Banana Island Ikoyi.
The result of a DNA analysis of Zainab’s nail clippings, the witness added, revealed the presence of her DNA material and that of “another individual described as Peter”.
At the commencement of proceedings yesterday, the professor affirmed his testimony under cross examination by Nielsen’s counsel, Mr. Olasupo Shasore, SAN.
He said the coroner ordered the post mortem because the incident fell under the categories of reportable deaths.
Justice Okikiolu-Ighile adjourned till November 29 for continuation of trial.