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Couple charged with alleged murder of housemaid, knows fate July 7

By Yetunde Ayobami Ojo
20 May 2022   |   12:20 am
A Lagos High Court, Ikeja, yesterday, fixed July 7 for judgment in the suit involving a Lagos couple, Fortune and Stephen Nwankwo, who allegedly murdered their housemaid, Joy Adole, in Bariga. Lagos.

Federal High Court, Lagos

A Lagos High Court, Ikeja, yesterday, fixed July 7 for judgment in the suit involving a Lagos couple, Fortune and Stephen Nwankwo, who allegedly murdered their housemaid, Joy Adole, in Bariga. Lagos.

     
The trial judge, Oyindamola Ogala, fixed the date, after counsel to both parties adopted their written addresses.The suspects were accused of killing a 19-year-old Adole on April 20, 2020, at their residence, located at 18, Ogundola Street, Bariga.
    
The couple is facing eight-count charge, bordering on conspiracy, involuntary manslaughter and accessory after the fact to murder.
  
They, however, denied the allegation, claiming that Adole committed suicide by hanging herself in her bedroom.
Following their plea of not guilty, the State Directorate of Public Prosecution (DPP), commenced trial and called eight witnesses to prove the case against the couple.
    
The couple thereafter filed no case submission upon closing of prosecution case on October 12, 2021. But, the court in a ruling, refused the application on November 24, 2021 and asked them to open their defence.
   
On January 17, the couple in their defence, told the court that the day preceding the incident, Joy was caught with noodles and was beaten, because she was fond of stealing foodstuffs at home.
  
The wife, Fortune said the deceased denied stealing the foodstuffs, but claimed to have bought them with her money.

Fortune also told the court that after the incident, she had a discussion with the deceased, where she apologised and agreed not to do that again.

 
According to her,  when she asked Joy what she would have for dinner,  the deceased said she was not eating till the next day.
   
“The following morning, I called her while in the kitchen, but there was no response. So, I went into her room and when I opened the door, I saw her hanging on the ceiling.
 
“I screamed and called my husband and told him in our dialect that Joy has killed herself, he screamed too.
   
“I called one of our neighbours to come to see what happened and after then, my husband put a call to his father and he later went to the police station to report the incident. 

“I was also asked to report at the station and give statements. The police detained me. While in detention, my Deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA), thumbprint and blood sample were taken.
   
“From there, I was taken to court and remanded at Kirikiri correctional centre,” she told the court.