Man found hanging in police cells after killing wife

Gofaone Koogotsitse
ANOTHER TRAGEDY: Kgakgamatso allegedly committed suicide after killing his wife

Molepolole police Criminal Investigation Department (CID) are investigating a tragic incident in which a man reportedly killed his wife and later committed suicide in police cells at Takatokwane village in Kweneng west.

It is alleged that the unemployed 55-year-old Sylvester Kgakgamatso murdered his wife, Phologo Kgakgamatso (53) who was a Deputy school head at Takatokwane Primary School on Friday morning following a misunderstanding.

Students are said to have heard the woman’s screams for help as they were passing in front of the teachers’ quarters on their way to school at around 7am were passing by the yard around past 7am and they alerted their teachers.

“It was later when the teachers went to check what was happening when they found their colleague lying in a pool of blood with several stab wounds inside the bedroom. The matter was reported to the police who arrested the husband and took the blood stained knife at the scene. Later after the man was detained in police holding cells he committed suicide on Saturday,” explained a source close to the incident.

According to eye witnesses, the husband who was fuming with rage threatened the teachers at the scene telling them he was also going to kill them.

Detective Superintendent Andrew Koitsewe confirmed to The Voice Online that the murder incident was reported to them Friday morning.

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“I confirm the murder and suicide incident that occurred in Takatokwane. After the matter was reported to the police the victim was rushed to the hospital where she was certified dead. The husband was arrested at the scene of the incident and he was taken to Scottish Livingstone Hospital where he was admitted overnight and later discharged. He was returned to Takatokwane and detained in the cells to await investigations,” said Detective Superintendent Koitsiwe.

The police boss revealed that on Saturday night other suspects shouted from the cell and reported that Kgakgamatso had collapsed and he was later confirmed dead after being taken to Takatokwane Clinic.

Though the police officer was reluctant to divulge more details, sources disclosed that the man used a tracksuit waistband to hang himself from a window burglar bar inside the bathroom.

Both corpses are lying at the hospital mortuary awaiting post-mortem as the police continue their investigations.   

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