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Danish Man Who Killed Nigerian Wife and Daughter Gets Death Sentence

Court stated that autopsy report revealed that the “tiny signs of bleeding” proved smothering as cause of death, as he founds him guilty as charge and sentence to death

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A Lagos High Court, has sentenced a Dane, Peter Nielsen, to death by hanging for killing his Nigerian wife and daughter.

Justice Bolanle Okikiolu-Ighile convicted Nielsen, on two counts of murder brought against him by the State Directorate of Public Prosecution.

The judge sentenced Nielsen to death by hanging on both counts.

Justice Okikiolu-Ighile, stated that her verdict relied on the post mortem examination led by Professor John obafunwa on the deceased persons who had submitted that the bruises found on the neck of the head and neck of Zainab were consistent with blunt trauma.

That autopsy report also stated that the “tiny signs of bleeding” proved smothering as cause of death.

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Smothering which caused the absence of oxygen to both deceased persons was also established as the cause of Zainab’s death which the court held that it couldn’t have been self inflicted or due to epilepsy as that wasn’t included in her medical history.

On whether the deaths were caused by the defendant (Peter Nielsen), the court recounted several testimonies by the prosecution’s witnesses including a housemaid, Zainab’s sibling and two police officers who testified during the trial to incidents of domestic violence perpetrated by Mr Nielsen on The late musician.

The court particularly described Zainab’s sister, Pepe, who was about 13 years old at the time of the incident as a witness of truth who testified about a fight between the couple in 2017, adding that the defendant had threatened to kill her if she ever told anyone about what she saw.

The Dane was charged with the death of his wife, a singer, Zainab, and their three-year-old daughter, Petra.

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Lagos State Government accused him of smothering Zainab and Petra to death at 3.45 a.m. at No. 4, Flat 17, Bella Vista Tower, Banana Island, Ikoyi, Lagos State.

Nielsen was arraigned on June 13, 2018, under Section 223 of the Criminal Laws of Lagos, 2015, which prescribes the death penalty, if convicted.

He pleaded not guilty and state commenced prosecution.

In her sentencing, she held that, in Line with Section 223 (2) of the the Criminal Laws of Lagos state, 2015, “subject to the provision of any other law, death sentence is the punishment for murder. I hereby find you, Peter Nielsen, guilty of the murder of Zainab and Petra, as charged. I also prescribe the sentence of the court upon you for both counts of murder, to be death by hanging. May the Almighty God have mercy on your soul.”

 

 

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Insecurity: Supreme Court Grants Public Usage of Firearms

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The Apex court in the United State of America, has gave a verdict that allows Americans have a fundamental right to carry firearms in public in a landmark decision that came just weeks after another deadly school shooting.

The 6-3 ruling strikes down a New York law that required a person to prove they had legitimate self-defense needs to receive a gun permit and will prevent states from restricting people carrying guns.

Despite a growing call for limits on firearms after two mass shootings in May stunned the country, the court sided with advocates who said the US Constitution guarantees the right to own and carry guns.

The ruling is the first by the court in a major Second Amendment case in a decade and a victory for the powerful gun lobby, the National Rifle Association.

“Today’s ruling is a watershed win for good men and women all across America and is the result of a decades-long fight the NRA has led,” NRA executive vice president Wayne LaPierre said in a statement.

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“The right to self-defense and to defend your family and loved ones should not end at your home.”

Justice Clarence Thomas, who wrote the majority opinion, said “the Second and Fourteenth Amendments protect an individual’s right to carry a handgun for self-defense outside the home.

“New York’s proper-cause requirement violates the Fourteenth Amendment by preventing law-abiding citizens with ordinary self-defense needs from exercising their Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms in public for self-defense.”

The US Senate is currently considering a rare bipartisan bill that includes modest gun control measures.

On May 14, an 18-year-old used an AR-15-type assault rifle to kill 10 African Americans at a supermarket in Buffalo, New York.

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Less than two weeks later 19 children and two teachers were shot and killed at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas, by another teen with the same type of high-powered, semi-automatic rifle.

The New York law said that to be given a permit to carry a firearm outside the home, a gun owner must clearly demonstrate that it is explicitly needed for self-defense — meaning those without the demonstrated need could not do so.

Gun-rights advocates said that violated the Second Amendment of the Constitution, which says “the right of people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.”

More than half of US states already allow permitless carry of firearms, most of them only doing so in the past decade.

But more than 20 still maintain restrictions that they could now be forced to abandon based on the court’s ruling.

In the ruling, the court overturned a New York state law dating to 1913 that had stood based on the understanding that individual states had the right to regulate gun usage and ownership.

Over the past two decades, more than 200 million guns have hit the US market, led by assault rifles and personal handguns, feeding a surge in murders, mass shootings and suicides.

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Two Seagreen Pharmaceutical Sale Reps. To Be Arraign September 22

SFU arraigned the defendants before the court on a two count charge which borders on stealing sum of N6m from Seagreen Pharmaceutical Ltd.

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The Lagos State High Court sitting in Ikeja has fixed September 22, 2022 for the arraignment of Esan Kehinde Olayinka and Osakwe Stephen over allegations of six million naira theft.

Justice Hakeem Oshodi who presided over the matter gave the date following the withdrawal of the sister case at the Magistrate Court by the Special Fraud Unit, SFU, of the Nigeria Police.

SFU had arraigned the defendants before the court on a two count charge which borders on stealing of the said sum.

According to the charge information, the defendants while serving as a sales representatives of a Seagreen Pharmaceutical Ltd, between 2012 and 2014 , in Lagos, within the jurisdiction of this honourable court, while being employed as a sales representative by Seagreen Pharmaceutical Ltd, Anthony Village, Lagos, sold pharmaceutical products entrusted to them and dishonestly converted proceeds of the sales to personal use.

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Upon their arraignment, the defendants notified court that similar case is still pending before a Magistrate Court, urging court to discontinue the case as it amount to an abuse of court process.

The development forestall the trial.

At today’s proceeding, the SFU Counsel, Emmanuel Jackson informed the court that the case at the Magistrate court had been withdrawn.

He urged court to allow the prosecutor reopen it’s case and arraigned the defendants.

The judge granted the prayer and advised the prosecutor to serve the defendants again to appear for trial.

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How Criminal in Security Guard Disguise Made Attempts To Kill Me – SAN

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A Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Prof. John Mbaduga, has narrated how two security guards, Kingsley Asuquo and Isaac Edet, stabbed him and stole his money.

Asuquo and Edet are standing trial before Justice Yetunde Adesanya of the Lagos State High Court sitting at the Tafawa Balewa Square.

They were accused of stabbing the senior lawyer multiple times after robbing him in 2018.

At the resumption of trial, Prof Mbaduga, led in evidence by the prosecutor, Mr. Ladega Adetokunbo, told the court that the defendants were security guards employed to protect the building where his law office was located.

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The Senior Advocate said the incident happened in the afternoon when Asuquo entered and pointed a gun at him in his office on the building’s third floor.

Prof Mbaduga said he was shot three times before he was stabbed twice in the chest.

He said, “I begged them not to kill me so that I could give them money, but Asuquo insisted he was going to kill me, while Edet wanted to take the money. While I was lying in a pool of blood, I heard them discussing that they would take the money and also kill me.”

The lawyer said he told them he had the sum of N80,000 in his bag and over N1m cash in the office.

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“Edet took the money; Asuquo removed my wristwatch and two of my phones. On the way to the office, I was in their middle and Asuquo was behind me. Asuquo said he didn’t want money, but wanted to kill me. He stabbed me at the back of my head and Edet stabbed me in my forehead. They started stabbing me everywhere,” he added.

The SAN said the two assailants appeared to be leaving before Asuquo rushed back and stabbed him in the stomach when he saw him still breathing.

He said, “When I came out with blood all over my face, I blocked a car that was passing by. The driver asked me what happened and I told him. He said he saw the two defendants running and he reversed to chase them. Another person came and used his car to take me to a hospital.”

Justice Adesanya adjourned the case till June 22 and 23 for continuation of trial.

 

 

 

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