A teenage houseboy, Hounvenou Yavine, a national of Republic of Benin, has been arrested by the Police for the gruesome murder of his boss’ mother, Mrs. Mariam Abiola at Ijaiye Low Cost Housing Estate, Pen Cinema, Lagos.
Hounvenou whose daily duties include the house chores, selling alcoholic drinks at his boss’ shop and tending to the old woman committed the act without thinking twice.
According to reports, the suspect was home alone with the deceased when he slit her throat and killed her.
Hounvenous was arraigned before an Ebute Meta Magistrate’s Court on one count of murder.
The charge reads, “That you, Hounvenou Yavine, on July 1, 2014 at Ijaiye Low Cost Housing Estate, Pen Cinema, Lagos in the Lagos Magisterial District, did unlawfully kill one Mariam Abiola, aged 78 years, by stabbing her with a knife on her throat and thereby committed an offence punishable under Section 221 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, Nigeria, 2011.”
The police prosecutor, Inspector Asup Feddy, applied for the remand of the defendant in prison pending legal advice from the Directorate of Public Prosecutions.
He said, “The defendant has actually confessed to the crime and the knife he used in committing the crime has been taken as an exhibit.”
The defence counsel, Imelda Adebambo, however appealed to the court to conduct a preliminary enquiry into the matter, adding that the alleged exhibit had not been recovered by the police.
The matter was adjourned till September 8, 2014 for legal advice.