Man, 51, jailed for pouring acid on rival
A 51-year-old man has been sentenced to three months imprisonment by an Abuja Grade 1 Area court for pouring acid on one Iwu Leonard in Dutsen Markaranta, Bwari Area Council of the FCT.
Anthony Ede of Dutse zone 3 was convicted for causing grievous hurt, offence contrary to section 246 of the Penal code.
The police prosecutor, DSP Egwu Anthony told the court that the complainant, of Dutsen Markaranta, reported at the Dutsen Alhaji Police Station, on October 9 that while he was at a drinking spot with his girlfriend, the accused came and started insulting him without provocation. He said when the complainant tried to inquire the cause of his action, the accused poured a substance, suspected to be acid on his (complainant’s) body, as a result, he sustained various degrees of injury.
The prosecutor further said the accused confessed to the crime during police investigation.
When the charge was read to the accused, he pleaded guilty, confessing that he carried out the act because he was angry with the complainant for snatching the girl he intended to marry, having lost his wife.
The judge, Mohammed Marafa, however sentenced him to three months imprisonment with an option of N10,000 fine.