Stockholm - A Swedish court on Friday sentenced a Ghanaian
football player in Sweden's second division to two years in prison for raping
and beating his wife.
After serving his sentence, 22-year-old Kwame Bonsu, who
played for the Gefle IF club, will be expelled from the Scandinavian country
where he has lived in since 2013, the Gavle District Court said.
Gefle on Friday said Bonsu was dismissed from the team with
he will also have to pay $28 000 in compensation to his
wife, who is a Swedish national.
He first met her in 2014 when he was playing in the southern
Swedish city of Mjolby. They married the following year.
A few months after the wedding he signed a transfer to the
town of Gavle, located about 300 kilometres away from Mjolby.
Bonsu's wife had wanted him to stay to continue his studies.
The victim said the rape and beatings took place in the
couple's apartment during an evening in November 2015 when he had refused to
let her out.
Bonsu repeatedly denied the charges, but testimony from his
wife's relatives led the court to believe the victim's version of events.