A housemaid and a prosecution witness in an ongoing trial of a female lawyer, Udeme Otike-Odibi, who allegedly murdered her husband told a Lagos High Court sitting in Igbosere how she found the couple’s wedding pictures torn and thrown in the dustbin months before he was murdered.
The housemaid, Blessing Austin, while giving her evidence told the court that in December 2017, when she went to clean the deceased and defendant’s room, she saw the couple’s wedding picture torn and thrown into the dustbin, so she packed and threw it away.
Udeme, 48, is facing a two-count of murder and misconduct with regard to a corpse.
She was arraigned on June 13, by the Lagos State Government and she had pleaded not guilty to the offences and was remanded at Kirikiri prison.
The prosecutor during arraignment told the court that Udeme committed the alleged offences on May 3, at Diamond Estate, Sangotedo, Lekki, Lagos.
The prosecution said that Udeme stabbed her husband and mutilated his corpse by cutting off his genitals.
The offences committed are Punishable Under Sections 165 (b) and 223 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.
Led in evidence by Titilayo Shitta-Bey, the Director of Public Prosecution DPP, Blessing said:
“On December 4, 2017, she travelled outside the country and came back in April, during Easter, since she came back her character changed towards her husband, she wasn’t cooking for her husband, she cooks only her food and her husband buys his own food.
“I normally clean the deceased and defendant’s house twice a week, on Tuesdays and Saturdays adding that her resumption time was 8 am and closes at 8 pm.
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“On 28 of April when I came to clean their house, I heard when Udeme, started quarrelling with her husband that why did he send his daughter to school outside the country, my madam, later told my oga that he should lower his voice that I was downstairs, so I could no longer hear their argument when they lowered their voice,” Austin said.