Plumber arrested after burning ex with acid

A 44-year-old Italian plumber is behind bars after being arrested for pouring sulfuric acid over his former girlfriend and her partner in a Geneva suburb.

The lives of the victims are not in danger but they remained in hospital on Wednesday for treatment of severe burns.

The attack took place on Monday evening outside an apartment building in Grand-Lancy, Geneva cantonal police said.

Carrying the acid in a cup, the attacker poured the liquid over his former girlfriend and in the face of her new partner, police said in a news release.

The woman suffered third-degree burns on parts of her body, police said.

Ambulance attendants treated the couple before transporting the pair to hospital.

Officers tracked down the attacker at his home.

Police said he refused to make any declaration about the incident, which is now under investigation by Geneva authorities.

Le Matin newspaper cites sources indicating that the woman, 39, suffered burns all over her body while her partner risks losing the sight of one eye.

A neighbour described the alleged assailant as an “unremarkable guy who had a dog”.

But a source said the woman complained that she had previously been threatened by the man with whom she has a 15-year-old son, the newspaper said.

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Thieves ram car into Geneva watch boutique

Thieves rammed a car into the door of high-end watch company Zenith's store in the heart of Geneva Thursday and cleared out its display cases, the Swiss firm said.

Thieves ram car into Geneva watch boutique
Zenith watch boutique before the break-in. Photo: Zenith

Zenith, which belongs to French luxury conglomerate LVMH, said that the door of its boutique on Geneva's upscale Rue du Rhone was thought to have been rammed by a car shortly after 5am.

The thieves abandoned the car used to penetrate the store, a Renault Mégane stolen in Geneva, the Tribune de Genève reported.

Zenith spokeswoman Maud Tiberti told AFP that the thieves made off with 30 watches, but could not immediately provide a value for the haul.
The loss of the watches, coupled with the damage to the store, totalled one 
million francs ($1.1 million), she said.
Zenith opened the boutique in the chic shopping area in December 2011.