In an apparent move to escape arrest by the police due to gender based violence perpetrated towards his family, a 44 year old man, Hudson Msukwa committed suicide by setting ablaze his own house whilst he was inside at Gomanjira village in the area of Traditional Authority Timbiri in Nkhata Bay district.
Speaking to News Watch Reviews, Nkhata Bay Police relations officer Ignatius Esau said the deceased had been abusing his wife for a long time.
“His wife, Rose Milanzi narrated that for several times, the deceased had been assaulting her and that all these matters were being handled by the Village Headman (VH) and members of the community policing”, said Esau.
Esau further said on September 13, 2016, the deceased once again assaulted his wife including the children and this prompted her to report the matter to police. At the police, she was referred to Nkhata Bay District Hospital for medication and later, she was given a summoning letter for the deceased.
Upon receiving the summoning letter which indicated that he should report at Nkhata Bay police on September 14, 2016, the deceased got angry and immediately left home for beer drinking within the village.
“He came back home in the evening and his family sought refuge from relatives after they were chased out of the house by the deceased. At around 3am whilst inside the house, he set it on fire and later he suffocated and eventually died”, concluded Esau.
Upon receiving the report of the ordeal, Police and medical personnel rushed to the scene where suffocation was detected by medical personel as cause of death.
The deceased hailed from Mwandisi village under Traditional Authority (TA) Mwenemisuku in Chitipa district.