Woman hangs self in police cell

LWENGO- Police in Kinoni Trading Centre in Lwengo District on Thursday morning woke up to find a woman, who had been in the cells, hanging dead.

Twenty-nine-year-old Nishaba Kuruthum, a wife of Mr Sabiiti Zirimmenya, a businessman in Kinoni Town, committed suicide in the cells using a piece of cloth which was brought to her by her husband to cover her one-and-a half-year-old child, according to the police.

The deceased had rushed to police to seek protection against residents who wanted to assault her for attempting to burn her husband’s house and property.

According to Ms Josephine Namugerwa, one of the deceased’s neighbours, Nishaba became unsettled after seeing her husband talking to her co-wife who had gone to his shop to collect money.

“Their husband’s shop is a stone’s throw away from Nishaba’s house. When the deceased saw her co-wife talking to her husband, she immediately attacked them and a fight with the other woman ensued,” Ms Namugerwa told Sunday Monitor on Friday.

Mr Zirimmenya, assisted by some residents, separated the two fighting women and instructed each of them to return to her house.

Ms Namugerwa said Nishaba packed some of her clothes into a small bag and set the house on fire, but it was quickly put out before it caused serious damage.
She said Nishaba fled to Kinoni Police Station for fear of being lynched by the angry residents who saved the house.

On Wednesday morning, Mr Zirimmenya took their son to his mother for breast-feeding at the police station with a piece of cloth to cover the baby. Nishaba later used the cloth to hang herself.

According to the Penal Code Act, a person who attempts to commit suicide is guilty of a felony and can be imprisoned for up to two years.
Southern Region police commander Maxwell Ogwal visited the scene on Thursday. He stopped Kinoni police from tampering with the body before further aice from a magistrate.

After the magistrate’s assessment of the scene, the body was taken to Masaka Regional Referral Hospital for postmortem.

“Since the woman had a young child, we could not deny her access to that child. We did not know that she had ill intention given the fact that she was not in our cells as a suspect, but one who sought protection,” Mr Ogwal said.

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SOURCE: Daily Monitor

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