The incident which occured last week Thursday has rendered Nigerians all around the world in shock and disbelief.
The 35-year-old woman has been charged with killing her husband, who she claimed abused and cheated on her with several women including her sister and their nanny’s daughter, according to court records.
The husband, 37-year-old Adeyinka Adebamiro, was found stabbed in a first-floor spare bedroom of the couple’s home in the 1300 block of Healy Court early Thursday, according to court documents obtained by The News Journal.
New Castle County police were called to the home at about 12:40 a.m. for an unknown problem. Arriving officers found Adeyinka Adebamiro unconscious with a stab wound to the upper body. New Castle County paramedics pronounced him dead at 1:37 a.m., said Officer Tracey Duffy, a county police spokeswoman.
The victim, his wife, Temitope Adebamiro and their two children and nanny had been living at the home for the past two years.
Officers took residents of the home – including Temitope, who was wearing blood-stained clothing according to court documents – to the Cpl. Paul J. Sweeney Public Safety Building near New Castle.
According to police and documents, the two had been married for more than 10 years, during which time she told investigators that he’d physically abused her, even while pregnant with their two children.
She also told investigators her husband had been cheating on her with various women, including her own sister and the nanny’s daughter, papers said. The papers, however, did not say how old the nanny’s daughter was.
Temitope also told investigators her husband had sent her to Nigeria for several months, papers said. After returning in December, she had to stay in a hotel near the Philadelphia airport for four days because her husband refused to let her into their Red Lion home.
He then paid for her to fly back to Nigeria for a few more months, according to documents. About this time, she learned that her husband had spent Christmas with the nanny’s daughter.
The husband later flew out to Nigeria and flew back with her to Philadelphia. As he showed her the cameras inside their home over his cellphone, Temitope saw the nanny’s daughter inside the home, documents claim.
At one point, Temitope saw several texts and images in her husband’s phone, which she took pictures of using her cellphone. Some of the pictures included images of her sister and the nanny’s daughter. The documents do not detail the images beyond that.
As the investigation drew to the night before the killing, police learned the couple had been talking and watching television on the couch about 9 p.m. Wednesday. Temitope and her husband began arguing after he discovered the photos she’d taken on her cellphone and he began erasing them, according to court papers.
As he yelled at her, Temitope told police there was a power outage at which time she went to the kitchen until power returned, according to documents.
Investigators checked with Delmarva Power, which indicated no such power outage occurred at that time, police said.
Temitope then told police that when the power returned, she found her husband in the first-floor bedroom lying in the bed. As she got closer to him, she saw a knife on the ground which she picked up and took to the kitchen. according to documents.
As she put it away, she noticed blood on the tip and that’s when she realized that he was stabbed, the papers said.
While not admitting to the killing, the court papers claim Temitope changed her story several times about what happened in the bedroom, including to say that she entered first and her husband followed her in with the knife but that he later dropped it.
Temitope suggested that her husband stabbed himself, according to the papers. The autopsy, according to the papers, said the homicide was a single stab wound just below the victim’s neck, about 2 inches off the center line. The stab was 4 inches deep and severed the victim’s carotid artery and jugular vein.
When police told Temitope that this was not a suicide, the woman “began nodding her head in agreement,” according to court documents.
Temitope was charged with first-degree murder and other charges. She was arraigned and committed to the Baylor Women’s Correctional Institution where she is being held without bail.