A 46-year old Carpenter was on Monday sentenced to a 12 month prison term by a Cape Coast Magistrate’s Court for setting ablaze the living room of a house his wife works in as a house-help at Aquarium, a suburb of Cape Coast.
The fire destroyed belongings valued at GH¢2,175.00.
Chief Inspector Christiana Sampong told the court that a misunderstanding ensued between the couple who have been living together for 11 years with four children at Assin Akropong, over an exchange of phone number.
The wife now resides in Cape Coast due to her work and so the convict visits them most of the time.
According to the Prosecutor, during one of Anning's visits two weeks ago at her workplace at Acquarium, one Wofa Yaw who stayed around went there to request for Ms Quainoo's mobile phone number while the family were having their meal and she obliged.
This did not go down well with Anning and during a quarrel, Ms Quainoo warned her husband never to get close to her again. Anning returned to Assin Akropong.
However, on Friday, July 27, 2018, at about 8pm, the convict went back to his wife's workplace with a Voltic bottle full of petrol and forcibly opened the wooden window to the room the landlady had given his wife as an abode.
He sprinkled the petrol into the room, set it ablaze and took to his heels but he run out of luck. Ms Quainoo spotted him and raised an alarm. One Nana Boateng Dokyi chased, arrested and handed Anning over to the police in Cape Coast.
Kweku Anning, remorsefully pleaded guilty to the charge of causing unlawful damage and prayed for leniency to enable him take care of his children and pay for the destroyed items.
His wife, Ms Mercy Quainoo, a 43 year-old house-help who is the complainant, ironically, broke down in tears and pleaded for mercy for her husband, but the Court presided over by Mrs Rita Amoaniwaa Edusa did not heed to their pleas.