Married man has appeared before court for aborting for side chic
Douglas Tamunokopo, a married 29-year-old man, is on trial before Justice C.O. Agbaza at the Federal Capital Territory High Court in Maitama, Abuja for allegedly murdering his girlfriend, Udo Abigail, for having an abortion without his permission.
Reporters learned that Tamunokopo, who became pregnant, and the dead were dating.
Later, Abigail learned that the defendant already had a family in River State, with two children.
She reportedly aborted the child once the pregnancy was discovered.
However, the event sparked a contentious dispute that turned into a brawl between couples.
After the altercation, the defendant allegedly departed the room for work, leaving Abigail behind.
According to the source, after Abigail failed to emerge from the defendant’s room, neighbors grew concerned. When they eventually made their way inside Tamunokopo’s room, they discovered the dead seated on a chair with a rope tied around her neck.
Tamunokopo was later detained and accused with murdering Abigail in court.
The charge said, in part, “That you, Douglas Tamunokopo, did cause the murder of your girlfriend, Udo Abigail, by strangling her to death on September 1, 2016, at the Mogadishu Barracks, Abuja, in the Abuja Judicial Division.”
According to Wale Adeagbo, the prosecutor, the crime was penalized by Section 221 of the Penal Code.
The defendant, however, entered a not guilty plea to the charge.
Adeagbo accompanied Inspector Thomas Zephaniah, the investigating police officer, into the courtroom.
Zephaniah said before the court that on September 1, 2016, while doing his duties, Mogadishu Barracks sent out a distress call informing him that an event had occurred there.
The officer said, “The officer in charge of the Homicide Section mobilised a team of police officers with me as an investigating police officer, to the scene where the incident occurred.
“There was a scene of purported suicide committed by a young lady. When the room of the accused person was opened, I saw a young lady seated on a plastic chair, with a rope of multiple entanglements tied to her neck, and a rope tied to a five-inch nail on the wall.
“The scene was photographed, the fingerprint was lifted, and the rope untied from the neck of the body. The corpse was thereafter moved to the National Hospital for examination. We approached the naval base of the defendant seeking his whereabouts, and we were told he was with them.
“After hearing what had transpired at the naval installation, they promised to conduct an internal inquiry and release the defendant to the police if there were any red flags.
The defendant was turned over to the police on September 2, 2022, for additional investigation.
According to Zephaniah, an autopsy was performed, and the results indicated that the defendant’s hypoxia and strangling were the causes of the death.
It was requested that documents be submitted through the witness, and M.E. Ogbonna, the defense attorney, made no objections.
The Judge subsequently allowed the documents to be included as an exhibit in the case.
The case was postponed to September 26, 2022, to allow for cross-examination by Justice Agbaza.