Fortune and Stephen Nwankwo, a couple accused of the murder of their housemaid, Joy Adole, on Monday, told an Ikeja High Court that they had no case to answer.

It was reported that the couple is facing a four-count charge bordering on conspiracy, involuntary manslaughter and accessory after the fact to murder.

They were accused of killing 19-year-old Adole on 20 April , 2020, at their residence located at No. 18, Ogundola St., Bariga, Lagos.

The couple, however, denied the allegation, claiming that Ms Adole committed suicide by hanging herself in her bedroom.

During Monday’s proceedings, the couple, who were to open defence, filed a no-case submission dated 24 September , through their counsel, O. I Barrah.

Responding, the prosecutor, Abike Oluwasanmi, said that prosecution needed time to respond to the no-case submission. The case has been adjourned until 3 November for the hearing of the application.

It was further reported that during the last court proceedings on the case on 30 July , a pathologist, Sunday Soyemi, who testified on behalf of the prosecution, said the cause of Ms Adole’s death could not be ascertained because her corpse was embalmed.

He said “The housemaid’s corpse had been embalmed at a morgue at Yaba, Lagos, before it was brought by authorities to the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital for an autopsy.