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Acid attack leaves 12 injured

Police in Margibi County are investigating a teenage boy, Stephen Quaye after he allegedly threw acid into a local entertainment center in Weala, Margibi, leaving several persons with severe burns and scores of properties destroyed in what many have described as a pre-meditated attack.

Acid attack

The 19-year-old suspect allegedly wasted black acid on about 12 persons, all customers at View Point Entertainment Center in Weala around 11:00 pm, inflicting burns on their bodies, including eyes and destroying properties belonging to the proprietress of the entertainment center.

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The victims were seated having fine time over the weekend when Stephen launched the gruesome attack, which was actually targeted at a disc jockey spinning music in the bar. Police are yet to release any information about the ongoing investigation, the proprietress of the View Point Entertainment Center Madam Femmie D. George claimed a friend of Stephen Quaye disclosed the attack had been planned days before it was executed last Friday, 30 September.

She narrated that the suspect took the acid to her entertainment center, specifically for her Disk Jockey or DJ identified as Motima, who had earlier flogged his (Motima’s) sister for loving to Stephen’s friend.

According to Madam George, the girl in question is a minor and Motima had opposed her sleeping with Stephen’s friend. She explained that Stephen and his unnamed friend had planned to attack DJ Motima with acid because he reprimanded his sister for associating with them.

At a talent show for local artists in Weala last Friday, Stephen allegedly insisted that he must perform, but Motima, who served as Master of Ceremony or MC, told him to wait until invited artists have left the stage, but he refused and allegedly insulted Motima’s mother, which led the two into a fist-fight.

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Some bystanders intervened, and took Stephen away, but he allegedly returned with acid in a cup and suddenly threw it, targeting DJ Motima, who was in the crowd. Many persons escaped the entertainment center, fearing for their lives and did not pay for drinks they had ordered with the total incurred out at US$1,500, according to proprietress Femmie George.

Meanwhile, Stephen’s dad, Mr. William Quaye, has reportedly vowed to stay clear of the ongoing investigation to allow justice to prevail.

By Ramsey N. Singbeh, Jr. in Margibi-Editing by Jonathan Browne

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