A Nigerian man has been sentenced to life imprisonment by a judge in Calabar, Cross River State, for bathing his girlfriend with acid.
Jide Afolabi Sunday, 33, was accused of attempting to kill Glory Sylvester Ita for refusing to marry him.
Justice Blessing Egwu, who presided over the matter, said the persecution had proven beyond reasonable doubt that the accused committed the crime of attempted murder.
The convict was arrested months back and has been in police custody for the crime that affected Glory’s abdomen. Her ear and breast were cut off and brutally burnt due to the hot sensation of the corrosive substance.
According to one of the testimonies, after the convict poured her the acid, he attempted to push her inside a pool to drown.
Prime Progress gathered that the incident was triggered by a breakup where the victim (Glory Sylvester) was invited by Jide (her boyfriend) to Reel Home Hotel along Ekong-Etta off Marian Road Calabar on October 21, 2022, which led to a heated argument. Jide provocatively throwing the acid on Glory in an attempt to kill her.
According to the victim – Glory, the relationship had only lasted for nine months before Jide sought marriage, and she refused and threatened to end the relationship. Sunday got upset and threw the acid on her, applying it all over her body.
Due to the hotness and the burning sensation, one side of her ear and breast were cut off, and all other parts of her body burnt.
Glory’s shout: “he has poured me acid ooo” brought attention and alerted customers and the manager of the hotel to her rescue.
The convict (Jide) initially denied the crime but later pleaded for mercy, claiming he had repented.
Justice Blessing Egwu, in her judgment, convicted him to life imprisonment with compensation of N10 million for damages.