A Dutch national, Peter Nielson, who allegedly murdered his wife and daughter, was arraigned, on Wednesday, by the Lagos State Government on a two-count charge of murder.
Nielson was docked before the State High Court, Igbosere, however, the 53 year old defendant pleaded not guilty to the charge against him.
The prosecution team led by Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice of the state, Adeniji Kazeem, told the Court that the defendant committed the offence on April 5, 2018.
Kazeem alleged that the defendant murdered his wife Zainab Nielson and his daughter, Petra Nielson, at their resident in Banana Island Lagos.
He said that the incident occurred at about 3:45 am, at number 4, flat, 17, at Bella Vista Tower, Banana Island Ikoyi.
According to the Prosecutor, the offence committed is Punishable Under Section 223, Cap C17, Vol 3, Criminal law of Lagos State 2015.
In view of the defendant’s plea, Kazeem asked the court for a trial date.
The defendant’s counsel Mr. O. Shasore (SAN), said he was not opposing the charge but that the defence would like to carry out their own test.
” We are interested in taking the blood sample of the defendant , I thought it will be better to inform this court that his blood sample would be taken for DNA, analysis”, he said.
Consequently Justice Bola Okikiol-Ighile, asked the defendant, if he would like to give his consent so that his blood sample can be taken for DNA test.
Nielson said ” Yes ” The court has ordered for the remand of the defendant in prison custody and also adjourned the case to October 8, 9, for the commencement of trial.