A 38-year-old man in Ntcheu district has committed suicide after he severely injured his wife who was in a process of divorcing him.
Police have identified the deceased as Titani Bauleni. He hanged himself to a tree in a forest and was found by passersby in the early morning hours of Tuesday 9thMay, 2017.
According to Ntcheu police, Bauleni and his 31-year-old wife, Khalidwe, were separated for over a year due to undisclosed disagreements.
“They used to quarrel over some family issues. They separated for over a year, and all this time the husband was trying hard for them to get back together. However, the wife refused,” explained Hastings Chigalu Ntcheu police Publicist.
“They agreed to engage their marriage councilors to resolve their differences. However, it was during that meeting where the wife told the councilors in the presence of a village headman that she was no longer interested in him considering of all what she went through.”
Bauleni did not take lightly his wife’s decision and on Monday May 8th, 2017, at around 8pm equipped with a panga knife, he went to the wife’s home where he severely stabbed her and was left unconscious.
She was rushed to Ntcheu District Hospital where she is currently being treated.
“Thinking that she was dead, the deceased (Bauleni) decided to commit suicide. But before killing himself, he had told his sister to look after his three children and harvest his maize garden. He told her that it was their last time to see each other,” added Chigalu.
Postmortem conducted by Ntcheu District Hospital revealed that death was due to suffocation.