Sunday, 24 July 2016

Police constable commits suicide by setting house on fire


Julia Majale 1 hour ago 11495
– A police constable in Homa Bay committed suicide by setting herself and her two children on fire
– The constable who is new at the station reportedly committed the act following domestic quarrels with her family members
– Efforts to rescue the three were futile since she had locked the house from inside before setting the house on fire
A woman in Homa Bay county with her two children have died after she set herself on fire today Sunday, July 24.
Constable Judith Gallant, an administration police officer, based in Homa Bay county locked herself and her children aged four and six years in the house.during the 10am incident before dousing the house with petrol and setting it on fire.
She went ahead to douse the house with petrol before setting the house herself ablaze during the 10am incident.
Attempts to rescue Judith and her children were futile since the officer had locked the house from inside.
Reports indicate the officer had just returned from her annual leave and was scheduled to report to work tomorrow, Monday, July 25.
She had travelled to Kisumu during her leave and had just returned back to the station.
Michael Mutonyi, the regional AP commandant said the officer was new to the station after being transferred from Kisumu two months ago.
“I was informed by a junior officer that one of their colleagues had committed suicide. I rushed there only to learn that it was Judith and her two children aged four and six years,” he said quoted by Daily Nation.
Neighbours said the cause of the act was probably fuelled by domestic wrangles, she is said to have threatened to commit suicide by sending a message to a member of the family.
“Our preliminary investigations reveal she wrote a message to a family member that she would take her own life if things are not settled amicably,” said the commandant.
The constable’s husband based at the Homa Bay County government will be the first to be interviewed regarding the incident.
“We’ve began investigations to establish what could have prompted the officer to kill herself. We are waiting her family to settle before we start interrogating them,” he added.
Cases of police officers killing themselves and their loved ones or colleagues has been on the rise.
The recent incident reported in Kwale after a police constable based at Diani Police Station attempted to assault his colleagues on Monday, July 18 but was subdued.
In Kapenguria another police officer attacked his colleagues killing seven in a 10-hour siege.

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