December 4, 2023

girl has been barred from eradicating the physique of her accomplice from a funeral dwelling after changing into embroiled in Excessive Courtroom litigation with one among his relations.

Mr Justice Roth has dominated that Benedicta Onwordi can not “take possession” of the physique of Peter Otitoju, who died aged 67.

Mr Otitoju’s daughter Adekemi Otitoju, 20, of Peckham, south-east London, launched authorized motion after studying that Ms Onwordi had made funeral preparations.

Miss Otitoju instructed the decide, at a Excessive Courtroom listening to in London on Wednesday, {that a} relative ought to make the preparations – not her father’s “girlfriend”.

She requested Mr Justice Roth to impose an injunction stopping a deliberate burial from going forward on Friday.

The decide, who described Miss Otitoju’s software as “considerably uncommon”, dominated in her favour after concluding {that a} little one of Mr Otitoju’s can be given permission to manage his property.

He dominated that Ms Onwordi should not take away Mr Otitoju’s physique from a funeral dwelling in Walthamstow, east London

The decide mentioned Miss Otitoju was entitled to “take possession” of her father’s physique and prepare a burial.

Mr Justice Roth was instructed that Ms Onwordi – who was not at Wednesday’s listening to – was conscious of Miss Otitoju’s software.

He mentioned she may problem his ruling.

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