Alizee asked Danish husband to check her phone but he didn’t stop hitting her head — Judge


Justice Bolanle Okikiolu-Ighile of a Lagos High Court sitting at the Tafawa Balewa Square on Friday revealed that the Danish man Peter Nielsen, who was sentenced to death by hanging for killing his Nigerian wife and daughter, had a history of abusing his wife.

Justice Okikiolu-Ighile convicted Nielsen on two counts of murder brought against him by Lagos State Government.

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

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

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

Nielsen was arraigned on June 13, 2018.

He pleaded not guilty to the two-count charge of murder contrary to Section 223 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.

In a five-hour judgment, Okikiolu-Ighile, held that oral and documentary evidence before the court showed that prosecution proved beyond reasonable doubt that Nielsen smothered his wife and daughter.

She said, “This is one of the cases of domestic violence. The DNA analysis of nail scraping brought out the assailant of Zainab.

“Zainab tried so much to defend herself. The evidence shows that Peter Nielsen killed his wife and daughter. There is evidence before the court that there was a fight between the defendant and his wife.”

She held that prosecution witnesses (PW5 and PW6) testified that they heard Zainab calling Mimi (one the girls living with the couple) for help and they heard Zainab telling the defendant to check her phone but he kept hitting her head.

“The act of the defendant shows that he suffocated his wife and daughter.

“Peter has always domestically abused his wife which was shown in the police extract from Ikoyi Police Station,” the judge added.