Murder: How a Cameroonian house help stabbed his Nigerian boss to death—Prosecutor
- Says Dayo was about to be taken to the altar when Uwadione cut his boss life short
- As court sends killer house help to prisons to await DPP’s advice
A police prosecutor, Inspector Chinalu Uwadione on Thursday narrated before a Lagos State Chief Magistrates’ Court sitting at Ebute Metta how a 21-year-old Cameroonian, Ledjou Kouemou on December 20, this year allegedly stabbed his boss, Dayo Adeleke, to death in her residence.
The cause only known by the police in the course of investigation was that late Adeleke was reluctant to agree to jerk up the monthly salary of her employee as requested.
Litigants, lawyers and visitors, all shifted their gaze at the house help in the dock with some of them hissing in condemnation of the crime.
Dayo, a beautiful lady with alluring eye-lashes, was brutally hewed down in the most brutal manner in her residence at a time she was to be married to her heartthrob.
As if he was already penitent, Uwadione could not raise his head up in the dock when the police prosecutor was narrating to the court how and why he killed his boss.
But a magistrate court had no power to try a murder charge.
The killer Cameroonian was apparently brought to the court by the police to secure a lawful order remanding the accused in proper custody after investigation.
On Thursday when the killer house help appeared in court on one-count charge of murder, the presiding Chief Magistrate, Oluyemisi Adelaja merely listened to the police story and remanded the Cameroonian at the Ikoyi Prisons without taking his plea.
The magistrate said the killer house help would remain in custody pending when the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) would issue legal advice on his case.
She temporarily adjourned the case till February 24.
Earlier, the Prosecuting Inspector Chinalu Uwadione had told the court that the accused committed the offence on December 20 around 9.30pm at 15, Prince Tayo Adesanya Street, Parkview Estate, Ikoyi.
Uwadione said the accused had asked the deceased for an increase in salary, but she declined.
He said the accused stabbed his boss in the chest with a kitchen knife.
“He stabbed his boss few days after she got engaged to her fiancé,” the prosecutor said.
The prosecutor said the offence contravened Section 221 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2011, which attracts death sentence.
Kouemou’s plea was not taken