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16.03.2007 General News

Man sprays lover with acid…for spurning sexual advances

By Yaaba Yamikeh

A forty-five year old farmer at Nsuaem in the Wassa West district of the Western Region who poured acid on his girlfriend's genital part and other parts of her body as punishment for refusing to sleep with him, has been fined ¢6 million by a Takoradi circuit court.

Safohene Kofi Ampofo, who pleaded not guilty to the offence of causing harm, was also ordered by the court to pay ¢4m as compensation to his injured girlfriend or in default serve a three year jail sentence in hard labour.

Prosecuting, police Inspector Theophilus Agdebemordzi told the court that Ampofo befriended Cynthia Baidoo, an iced water seller who resides at Agona Nkwanta, capital of the Ahanta West district in October 2005 and used to pay her regular visits at her house.

About two weeks ago, Cynthia asked her boyfriend to pay her rent advance of ¢100,000, but he declined with the excuse that she should rather contact her former boyfriend, whom he suspected was still dating her, for the money.

The Prosecutor said at around 4pm of January 14 this year, Safohene once again visited Cynthia with some foodstuffs and asked her to prepare a meal for him. After preparing the food, Cynthia laid the table for him to eat whiles she took a bath.

The victim however told Ampofo, before entering the bathroom that she would not allow him to spend the night in her room, let alone make love to her. This apparently was due to Safohene"s refusal to pay the rent advance.

The embittered boyfriend, who was not happy with this statement, later sneaked into the dark bathroom and poured acid on Cynthia's naked body, starting from her vagina, and bolted. Her screams for help attracted people to the scene, who rushed her to the Dixcove Hospital where she was admitted.

The following day, Ampofo, feigning innocence, visited her at the hospital to console her for the harm done her by an 'unidentified' person. But Cynthia alerted the hospital authorities who also informed the police to effect his arrest, who charged him with the offence after further investigations.