Married man allegedly killed his girlfriend in Abuja for abortion

Married man allegedly kills girlfriend in Abuja over abortion

Police arraigned a 29-year-old married man, Douglas Tamunokopo, before Judge CO Agbaza of the High Court, Federal Capital Territory, Maitama, Abuja, for allegedly killing his girlfriend, Udo Abigail, because she aborted without his consent.

A fight ensued between the couple after Abigail terminated her pregnancy after discovering that Tamunokopo already had a family with two children in Rivers State.

It was understood that after the fight, the accused left for work, while Abigail remained in the room.

After neighbors discovered that the lady had never left the defendant’s room, they broke in and saw her sitting on a chair, with a rope hanging from a nail on the wall and tied around it by the neck.

Tamunokopo was later arrested and charged in court for allegedly killing Abigail. The charge against him read;

“That you, Douglas Tamunokopo, on September 1, 2016, at approximately 3:00 p.m., Mogadishu Barracks, Abuja, Abuja Judicial Division, caused the death of your girlfriend, Udo Abigail, by strangling her at dead.”

While police prosecutor Wale Adeagbo noted that the offense was punishable under Section 221 of the Penal Code, the defendant pleaded not guilty to the charge.

Investigating police officer Inspector Thomas Zephaniah who recounted how the incident happened after being taken into evidence by Adeagbo said he received a call on September 1, 2016 about the incident from the murder at the barracks in Mogadishu.

He said;

“The officer in charge of the homicide section mobilized a team of police officers with me as an investigating officer to the scene where the incident took place.

“There was a scene of an alleged suicide committed by a young woman. When the defendant’s room was opened, I saw a young woman sitting on a plastic chair, with a rope of multiple tangles tied around her neck, and a rope tied to a five-inch nail on the wall.

“The scene was photographed, the fingerprint was taken and the rope was detached from the neck of the body. The corpse was then transported to the national hospital for examination. We approached the accused’s naval base to find out where he was, and we were told that he was with them.

“After recounting what happened to them at the naval base, they said an internal investigation would be conducted and if found insufficient, the accused would be handed over to the police. On September 2, 2022, the accused was handed over to the police for further investigation.

An autopsy performed on the deceased revealed that she died of asphyxiation and strangulation.

Defense counsel, Mr. E. Ogbonna did not object to the admission of documents which a witness requested to be produced.

After Judge Agbaza admitted the documents as an exhibit in the case, he adjourned the case until September 26, 2022, for cross-examination.

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