Wednesday, November 29, 2023

Spate of suicides rock Maun

A 26-year-old man of Sedie ward in Maun allegedly ended his life at the weekend, shortly after he had beaten his ex-girlfriend of the same age to pulp. He is alleged to have later shot her on the arm and leg with a shot gun believed to have been stolen.

Maun Station Commander Superintendent, Kenny Badumetse, said this week that the victim, who is currently in a critical condition at Letsholathebe II Memorial Hospital, was in the company of a female friend and watching television at her place when the ex-boyfriend pounced on them. Immediately after the shooting, the young man is said to have fled the place, leaving his victim for dead.

“Soon after that, the police were called and the victim was rushed to hospital right away. Later on the search for the man started and he was found dead in a pool of blood at his parents’ place. We suspect he might have used the same short gun to end his life as a deep wound was found below his chest. We also learnt afterwards from the deceased’s father that the short gun which was used to commit the crime was actually his, and that his son might have stolen it from where it was hidden,” said Badumetse.

In yet another incident, Badumetse said a 42-year-old man of Boseja ward also committed suicide on March 2, soon after he had informed his spouse of his intention to end his life even though he did not state the reasons.

Out of panic, the woman immediately sent their children to go and call his sisters so that he could explain himself to them. It was after the children had left that the man rushed to the bush where he was found hanging from a tree later in the day by a passerby. He is said to have used a scarf to hang himself.


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