BUDAKA, UGANDA: Police in Budaka District are investigating circumstances under which a man who had been bedridden for some time committed suicide by hanging after his treatment failed to yield positive results.
The incident occurred on Wednesday in Busikwe Cell, Kaderuna Parish, Kachomo Town Council in Budaka District with the deceased identified as Mr Loko Yolonimu.
“The Territorial police in Budaka district is investigating circumstances under which a male adult committed suicide. The facts gathered indicate that the deceased has been sick and was living alone at his home, and sometimes with his grandson, Boniface Mulekwa,” the Bukedi North Regional Police Spokesperson, SP Immaculate Alaso said in a police statement.
According to SP Alaso, it is alleged that prior to his death, the deceased told his grandson that people had spent a lot of money on his treatment and that he did not want them to keep on spending for him.
“He even went inside the house to sleep. The grandson was unaware of the time the deceased left the house to commit suicide, as he was asleep. He only discovered the incident this morning when he woke up and found the body hanging from a mango tree in their compound,” Alaso noted.
She added that police were called to the scene and the body was conveyed to Mbale City mortuary for a postmortem examination as further investigations into the suicide case continue.
A police annual crime report recently released indicated that a total of 4,043 cases of homicide were reported to the police by the end of 2022, compared to 3,912 cases reported in 2021 which portrays a 3.3 per cent increase in such cases countrywide.