Suicidal inmate eats crushed glass

ILLUSTRATION: Inmate

A 30-year-old convict at Tsabong State Prison reportedly attempted suicide by eating food mixed with crushed glass on Wednesday.

The incident is said to have occurred around lunch time and it was later reported to the police in the afternoon after the victim was rushed to the hospital.

According to the police, the youthful man approached one of the prison officers complaining that no action was taken since he requested to be transferred to Molepolole State Prison where his friend was also transferred so they could stay together.

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While the officer was still listening to the convict who was busy nibbling at his food, he noticed that the prisoner was also holding some of the crushed glass in the other hand.

Assistant Superintendent Johnson Gaolaolwe of Tsabong Police Station confirmed to this publication that they are investigating the attempted suicide incident.

“After it was realised that the victim wanted to commit suicide he was rushed to Tsabong Primary Hospital where he was later transferred to Jwaneng Mine Hospital. This afternoon (Friday) one of our officers went to check on him at the hospital and he was informed that the man has been discharged and taken to Kanye State Prison to be kept safely under observation,” explained ASP Gaolaolwe.

He said since the convict committed an offence, they have registered a case though as for now they have not yet charged him as he is still undergoing treatment and counseling.

The victim who originates from Tsabong’s Bogosing ward, was convicted for house breaking and theft last year and is currently serving a prison term of two and half years for the offence.

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