Twenty nine-year-old Douglas Tamunokopo, is standing trial before Justice C.O Agbaza at the High Court, Federal Capital Territory, Maitama, Abuja, for allegedly killing his girlfriend, Udo Abigail, for committing an abortion without his consent.
Sources claimed that the deceased was in a romantic relationship with Tamunokopo when she got pregnant.
Abigail later found out that the defendant already had a family with two children in River State and reportedly terminated the pregnancy.
The development, however, led to a heated argument that degenerated into a fight between lovers.
A source said after the fight, the defendant left for work, while Abigail was left in the room.
The source explained that when Abigail did not come out of the defendant’s room, neighbours became curious, and when they found their way into Tamunokopo’s room, they saw the deceased sitting on a chair, with a rope hung on a nail on the wall, and tied around her neck.
Tamunokopo was later arrested and charged to court for allegedly killing Abigail.
The charge read in part, “That you, Douglas Tamunokopo, on September 1, 2016, around 3pm, at the Mogadishu Barracks, Abuja, in the Abuja Judicial Division, did cause the death of your girlfriend, Udo Abigail, by strangulating her to death.”
The prosecutor, Wale Adeagbo, said that the offense was punishable under Section 221 of the Penal Code.
However, the defendant pleaded not guilty to the charge.
Justice Agbaza has adjourned the matter till September 26, 2022.