A depot worker in the Apapa area of Lagos State has denied killing his wife, Ronke.

Lekan Shonde, who is standing trial for the alleged murder before a Lagos State High Court in Ikeja, said he only slapped her.

51-year-old Lekan allegedly beat his wife to death at their home in the Egbeda-Idimu area of Lagos State.

He was alleged to have locked her corpse and their two children inside the house before the incident was discovered and reported to the police by the nanny.

At the court proceeding, Lekan told the court that on May 5,  2016, he was provoked when he overheard his wife talking to her lover, and only slapped her.

He said, “I am surprised that the autopsy result showed evidence of assault, damages and trauma on her body because I only slapped her and I admitted that the slap might have made her face swollen, but I did not kill my wife. I have no reason to kill her because we resolved our differences that night.”

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Earlier, the nanny, Sola Adamolekun, told the court that the deceased, who normally opens the door for her, did not open the door on the day of the incident.

So, she called the police, who broke the door down, and she saw the dead body of her employer.

The presiding judge, Justice Josephine Oyefeso, adjourned the case till November 30.

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