Danish man sentenced for killing Nigerian wife Alizee was married in Denmark — 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 wife already in Denmark.

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 (Alizee) didn’t know that her marriage to the defendant was void abi nitio because Peter was already married in Denmark,” she said.