Beninese Domestic Help to Die by Hanging for Killing Employer’s Mother

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A Beninese domestic worker identified as Christain Yavine has been sentenced to death by hanging by Justice Oluwatoyin Ipaye of the Lagos State High Court in Igbosere, on Monday, for killing  78 years old employer’s mother Mariam Abiola and severing her head with a knife.

It was gathered that Ajoke Abiola was the  Beninese employer and also  a daughter to the deceased woman, was not around at the time the incidence took place, as she was said to have gone for a vigil in a church .

The unfortunate incidence took place while the deceased slept in her daughter’s residence in the Ipaja area of Lagos on July 1, 2014.

Delivering her judgment on Monday, The judge said, “Yavine had lived with the deceased for two weeks before the incident, during which he also went to the market with her. I wonder what language he spoke to her if he truly did not understand English”.

“The deceased was caught by the doctrine of last seen and Yavine was the only one with Abiola while she was alive on the night of June 30 and in the early hours of July 1, 2014, when she was found dead. He was thus the last person to see her alive and the first person to see her dead.”

“The doctrine of last seen requires that a person charged with murder, who was the last person seen with the deceased, should offer some explanation as to how the deceased met his/her death, which the defendant was not able to do.”

Pronouncing judgement, Justice Ipaye said  that the prosecution had been able to prove the case of murder against Yavine beyond reasonable doubt and consequently sentenced him to death by hanging.

She said, “The defendant is hereby found guilty and convicted of the murder of madam Mariam Abiola.”

“You, Christian Yavine, is hereby sentenced to death by hanging. May God, the giver of life, have mercy on you.”

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