An Ikeja High Court on Wednesday heard how a housekeeper, Christian
Yavine, allegedly murdered one Mrs. Mariam Abiola, 79, the mother of his
employer by slitting her throat.
However, Yavine, a Beninoise who was 18 when the murder was committed
three years ago, denied the charge brought against him by the state.
The policeman’s evidence was translated into French in the courtroom by an interpreter for Yavine’s understanding.
The Investigating Police Officer, Insp. Godsgift Moses, being led in
evidence by the State Prosecutor, Mr. Akin George, said that, “On July
3, 2014, I and ASP Adetunji Fisayo paid a visit to the crime scene. The
room where the deceased was murdered was scattered, with a lot of blood
seen on the mattress and the pillow.
“Our investigation team proceeded to the Lagos State University Teaching
Hospital, Ikeja, to inspect the remains of the deceased.
“On close observation, there was a deep cut across the throat of the
deceased and she had several minor cuts on her neck, which shows signs
On how he took charge of the case, Moses said: “I am a Police Inspector
attached to the Homicide Division of the State Criminal Investigation
Department, Panti, Yaba, Lagos.
“I met the defendant on July 2, 2014 at 4 p.m. while I was on duty at
the State CID, the original case file and exhibits were handed over to
“The defendant spoke Yoruba, but I did not understand, so I asked a
colleague Sgt. Adeola Lawal to interpret the language in English for me.
“Lawal interpreted his statement for me and it was read to the defendant and he confirmed that that was what he told Lawal.
“On July 7, 2014, we served the pathologist, Prof. John Obafunwa, with
the coroner’s form and an autopsy was conducted by Obafunwa’s office to
find out the primary cause of death,” Moses said.
The prosecutor showed Moses two long kitchen knives, a black rope and a
long pestle allegedly used in the crime, which were identified by him
and marked as exhibits by Justice Oluwatoyin Ipaye.”
NAN reports that the prosecutor, George, argued that Yavine allegedly
committed the offence on July 1, 2014 at the residence of his employer
located at Block 74, Flat 2, Ijaiye Low Cost Housing Estate, Pen Cinema
Agege, Lagos State.
“The defendant killed a septuagenarian, Mrs. Mariam Abiola, the mother
of his employer by stabbing her repeatedly in the throat with a kitchen
“The defendant committed the murder after his employer, Mrs. Joke
Akinsemoyin, left the deceased and the teenage housekeeper in her home
to go for a vigil, scheduled for 10.30 p.m. in her church.
“When Akinsemoyin returned in the early hours of the morning, she
inquired about her mother from Yavine and he told her that she was
sleeping in the bedroom.
“When she wanted to go into the bedroom to check her, she was refused entry by Yavine and she immediately became suspicious.
“After a physical struggle with the defendant, she gained entry into the
bedroom where she saw the body of her mother lying in a pool of her
blood on the bed,” he said.
Three witnesses, including Moses, have so far testified for the prosecution in the trial.
Ipaye adjourned the case until May 4 for continuation of trial.