Police in the Bekwai Municipality of the Ashanti region are holding a 37-year-old commercial driver, Kwabena Asante for bathing his former girlfriend with acid.
On Monday 23rd August, 2021, the Bekwai District Court presided over by Justice Joseph Akuoko remanded the suspect for one week on the charge of causing harm, contrary to Section 69 of the Criminal Offences Act 1960 (ACT 29), to reappear on 30th August 2021.
Presenting the facts of the case, police prosecutor Detective Sergeant Eric Okyere told the court that the suspect and the victim, 27-year-old Lydia Owusu alias ‘Ataa Panin’ both resided at Abenkyim in the Bekwai Municipality of the Ashanti region.
The suspect on the night of 13th November, 2020 at about 12:05 AM breached the window of the room where the victim was sleeping and poured a substance suspected to be acid on her after he succeeded in causing her to wake up by shouting her name.
According to the prosecution, the suspect and the victim had been dating for four years until he started accusing her of infidelity and informed her parents of his plans to terminate the relationship, but the issue was resolved and they forged on.
However, after incessant quarrelling arising from the suspect’s continued accusation of infidelity on the part of the victim, they finally agreed to break up in October 2020.
The prosecution said the suspect tried to reunite with the victim after the break-up but she paid him no mind, causing him to become hostile towards her and continually sent threats through her friends that he would harm her by all means if she continued to reject him.
The suspect finally carried out his threat on the night of 11th November 2020 and fled the town to hide in Tarkwa in the Western region until he was arrested by the police on Saturday, 21st August 2021.
The victim was reportedly admitted at the Abenkyiman Hospital at Anhwiankwanta and later referred to the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital in Kumasi where she spent three (3) months treating her wounds.
According to the police, the suspect continually sent money from his hideout through his brother, Kwame Asare to foot part of the victim’s medical bills, though he denied committing the offence when he was arrested.
The suspect is however being charged based on the evidence gathered so far, the police have said.