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24-year-old man commits suicide in police cells

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A 24-year-old man of Shiwangandu District in Muchinga Province has committed suicide while in police detention, writes Brightwell Chabusha.

Police Spokesperson Esther Katongo said the suicide happened between midnight and 05:00 at Shiwangandu police detention facility.

She has identified the deceased as Steven Mulenga who was facing a charge of theft.

“Police in Muchinga Province in Shiwangandu District recorded suicide which occurred on 26th March, 2021 between midnight and 05:00 hours at Shiwangandu Police detention facility in which Steven Mulenga 24 of Chafilwa village, Chief Mukwikile in Chinsali District allegedly committed Suicide in Police custody.

He took his own life by hanging himself with a piece of cloth he tore from his red worksuit top he was wearing by tying it around his neck and to the burglar bar of the cell window,” Katongo said.

She said the now deceased was on 24th March, 2021 detained for the offence of theft after he allegedly stole money amounting to K 1,000 from the Airtel mobile money, adding that on 25th March, 2021 at about 23:40 hours, officers changed shifts with the suspect equally handed over in good health.

“Later at around 03:00 hours, another suspect aged 72 of Kasaka village was picked by the Police and detained for Conduct likely to cause breach of the peace. According to him, he found another suspect in detention cell who seemed to have been peeping through the cell window and that he could not see him properly as it was dark,” said Katongo.

She explained that around 05:00 hours, the officer on duty conducted a cell visit and discovered that one suspect, Mulenga, had committed suicide.

“The body was found with a red cloth tied around the neck and to the burglar bar of the cell window. The body had no visible physical injuries but with marks around the neck and tongue protruding.

“The body of the deceased was later deposited in Chinsali General Hospital mortuary awaiting postmortem and burial. Police have opened an Inquiry in the matter,” Katongo said.

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