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LOCKED IN CELLS: John Paintsil facing charges of alleged assault on cop, car theft

Ex-Ghana international John Paintsil has been put behind bars for hitting a Police officer in the eye.

A furious Paintsil who last played for Maritzburg United in South Africa is alleged to have extended his hand on DSP Emmanuel Basintale, a District Commander at the East Legon Police Station in Accra.

John Paintsil had honoured an invitation to the Police station where his wife, Richlove had filed a report that he had stolen her car.

Confirming the incident, spokesperson of the Greater Accra regional police command ASP Effia Tenge said the 34-year-old was put in cells around 5pm Tuesday.

The Police say both Painstil and wife had been invited to the station for interrogation over the alleged car theft but the former Fulham defender lost control of his temper.

“When both parties were invited by the police for interrogation, we realised John Paintsil was not ready to cooperate and in the course of interrogation became very furious and decided to leave the meeting,” ASP Tenge told Accra-based Citi FM.

“It was at this point that the District Commander instructed that he should be arrested and a statement taken from him. Because he was not satisfied with that he assaulted the district commander. He hit him in the right eye and also pushed the investigator. So it took some few police personnel to get him arrested,” the PRO added.

Paintsil remains in cells while the Police continue with investigations. He could be arranged for court Thursday.

This is not the first time John Paintsil’s domestic issues with his wife have come in the full glare of the public. On his return from participating in the African Cup of Nations in February 2013, he was arrested for brutally assaulting his wife following an altercation at their Trassaco Home.

John Paintsil has in recent days been working on a project dubbed “Paintsil Peace Kids Project (PPKP) Fiesta” billed for the Moses Mahama Stadium in South Africa on June 18, 2016.









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