Saturday, February 23, 2013


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Black Stars of Ghana defender John Paintsil is in police custody in his native country after being accused of assaulting his wife.

The former West Ham and Fulham defender, who last played in England with Leicester City, is currently being held in the Legon station in the capital Accra.

According to Accra police spokesman, Freeman Tettey, Paintsil stabbed his wife in the upper eyelid and she was rushed to the hospital

'The information available to us is that he stabbed his wife in the upper eyelid, so we had to quickly rescue the wife and send her to hospital,' 

'For now, he is in our custody and we are in the investigation process.'

'The wife scaled a wall to a neighbour’s house for protection and immediately, John Paintsil also pursued her, came to the neighbour’s house, gave him some slaps and threatened to shoot him.

'That scared the gentleman who rushed to the police to lodge a complaint.'

The police spokesman, Tettey was unable to confirm details on the status of Paintsil's wife, Richlove's health.

'She collapsed, which suggests she is in a critical condition, but for now we don’t know her current state,' he told BBC Sport.

'When she is stable, we can start taking statements from her.'

It is understood that the police can only keep Paintsil in custody for 48 hours before deciding whether or not to charge him.

'By Sunday night, we should have conducted our preliminary enquiry - ahead of possibly giving a court something to look at on Monday.'
Detained: The ex-Fulham man is in police custody in Ghana

Paintsil, who is thirty one years old was recently a member of the Black Stars of Ghana team that finished fourth at the Africa Cup of Nations in South Africa.

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