A Cross River State High Court has sentenced hot temper lover, Jide Afolayan Sunday, to life imprisonment for bathing his girlfriend, Glory Sylvester Ita, with acid over her refusal to marry him.
Justice Blessing Egwu ordered that the convict was to serve his sentence at Calabar Medium Security Custodial Centre and pay N10 million compensation for the surgery the victim underwent.
The judge noted that the prosecution had proved the attempted murder charge by pouring acid on the victim after he refused his marriage proposal.
Sunday has been in police custody for months for the attempted murder of Ita by bathing her with acid from her head to her abdomen where one of her ears and breast were brutally burnt by the corrosive substance. He also hurt her finger and attempted to push the victim into the pool to drown.
During the trial, the prosecutor stated that the incident was triggered by a breakup where Ita was invited by Sunday (her boyfriend) to Reel Home Hotel, Ekon-Etta off Marian Road, Calabar on October 21, 2022, which resulted in a heated argument where he tried to kill her by pouring acid on her.
According to the prosecutor, the relationship lasted for nine months before Sunday sought her hand in marriage, and when she refused and threatened to end the relationship, he got up and threw the acid over her body.
Due to the hotness and the burning sensation, she suffered injuries to one ear and breast, while other parts of her body were burned.
As soon as Sunday was arrested, he denied the accusation, claiming that it was the victim who poured the acid on him. However, the evidence clearly showed that Ita was the victim.
He was arrested and charged to court on January 24.