I’m Sorry Paintsil Begs Police
Former Black Stars defender, John Paintsil, Thursday afternoon led a delegation of high personalities to the office of the East Legon District Police Commander to ask him for forgiveness after punching him.
The men were to plead with the Commander, DSP Emmanuel Basintali, to forgive the footballer for assaulting him and one of his investigators last Tuesday evening after his wife, Richlove Paintsil, had reported a case of stealing against him.
Information gathered indicated that in a remorseful mood, Paintsil claimed it would not happen again.
It was not the first time the couple had had a marital row that had gotten into the public domain. The footballer had previously assaulted his wife in their Trassacco home in Accra.
His plea came after he had been granted police enquiry bail Wednesday evening, having spent a night in police custody.
The former Fulham star allegedly assaulted the East Legon District Police Commander and one Detective Sergeant Williams Gyamase on Tuesday.
A source at the East Legon Police Station hinted DAILY GUIDE that the police had since charged Paintsil with assault.
“The case has since been booked for court but the court could not sit as a result of the recent strike action by the Judicial Service Staff Association of Ghana,” the source said.
As part of the bail conditions, two persons stood in as sureties for the ace footballer and he is to report at the station daily until the case is called in court.
After being freed, John Paintsil, the following day, mobilised high profile personalities to the station to apologise to the district commander for his reported unruly behaviour.
On the theft charge levelled against him, the source said the regional police command had taken over the case for investigations.
The commander, who developed a swollen face, thus affecting his right eye, was sent to the police hospital that Tuesday evening for medical attention.
His subordinate, Sergeant Gyamase, who was also kicked onto the floor like a football, was taken to the hospital for medical attention after he also complained of body ache.
Information gathered indicated that the senior police officer infuriated John Paintsil after ordering him to return the car in question.
Reports gathered by the paper indicated that Paintsil's wife, Richlove Paintsil, parked her GMC 4X4 vehicle in the house Sunday evening and went out but upon her return, she realised that the vehicle had been taken away and immediately reported the matter.
Detective Sergeant Gyamase, the investigator in the case, visited the house and realised that the person who took the vehicle also broke into the woman's house and took away documents covering the vehicle, together with the spare keys.
By Linda Tenyah-Ayettey
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