Ghana International John Paintsil Arrested For Attacking Wife

Ghana international John Paintsil is in police custody in his homeland after being accused of assaulting his wife.
The former West Ham and Fulham defender was taken to the Legon station in the capital Accra on Friday.

"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," said Accra police spokesman Freeman Tettey.

"For now, he is in our custody and we are in the investigation process."
"We are holding him for causing (bodily) harm to his wife and for assaulting his neighbour," he told reporters.

"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."
Tettey was unclear on the health of Paintsil's wife, Richlove, who is in hospital receiving treatment.

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

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

Earlier this month, Paintsil, 31, was part of the Ghana team that finished fourth at the Africa Cup of Nations in South Africa.

Tettey says police can keep the long-standing international for no longer than 48 hours before deciding whether 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."
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