Tanzania Daily News (Dar es Salaam)

27 April 2014

Tanzania: Man Kills Himself After Battering Wife

Sumbawanga — A PEASANT from Mwaking'ombe Village in Mpanda District, Bernard George (42), committed suicide after believing that he had killed his wife, Imakulatha Raymond (43), by violently battering her.

Witnesses from the scene of the incident said that the deceased killed himself by hanging in his bedroom by using a piece of cloth (khanga) belonging to his wife.

Katavi Regional Police Commander, Mr Dhahiri Kidavashari told 'Daily News' that the incident occurred last week shortly before mid-night and the cause of the incident is believed to be jealousy after the husband accused his wife of infidelity.

The RPC further said that on the eventful day the couple went together to a local brew pub in the village and had a happy time.

"While they were happily enjoying themselves, suddenly George started accusing his wife of having a lover but the wife denied the allegations," the RPC said.

George ignored his wife's pleas to stop accusing her and after a lengthy verbal attack, they decided to go home where he turned violent and started beating his wife until she passed out.

It was then that George thought his wife was dead and took the decision to hang himself by using his own wife's clothes.

After the wife regained consciousness, she was shocked to see the body of her husband hanging in the bedroom and she called out for help.

According to the RPC, when neighbours arrived at the scene of incident, they too were shocked to see Imakulatha laying on the floor while the body of her husband was hanging in the bedroom.

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