Man, 51, jailed for pour­ing acid on ri­val

Daily Trust - - CITY NEWS - By Emma Elekwa & Seun Adeuyi

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.

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