Béninoise Housekeeper To Die By Hanging For Killing Employer’s 79-year-old Mother


Justice Oluwatoyin Ipaye of the Lagos State High Court in Igbosere on Monday convicted and sentenced a Béninoise housekeeper, Christian Hounvenon Yavine, to death by hanging for killing the 79-year-old mother of his employer.

Justice Ipaye condemned the foreigner to death after she convicted him one-counts charge of murder brought against him by the Lagos State government.

Yavine was accused of slashing the throat of his victim, Mrs. Mariam Abiola, 79, nearly cutting off her head, while she slept.

The state had claimed that the convict committed the offence on July 1, 2014 at the residence of his employer located at Block 74, Flat 2, Ijaiye Low Cost Housing Estate, Pen Cinema Agege, Lagos State.

Yavine, who was 18 when he allegedly committed the crime had pleaded not guilty to the charge when it was translated into French by an interpreter.

In her judgment on Monday, Justice Ipaye dismissed Yavine’s defences, including a claim that he was 14 years’ old at the time of the…

Source: Leadership Newspaper