Driven to death
Driven to death

‘Abused’ man hangs himself

A rocky relationship, domestic violence, perpetual fits of jealousy by his live in girlfriend this week drove a Ministry of Agriculture driver at Impala Research Centre in Francistown this week to end his own life.

According to close work mates, 42 year Steve Monamodi a driver at the research Centre, was repeatedly subjected to excessive battering and emotional abuse by his live in lover.

“On several occasions his woman has beaten him. It’s something we have known was happening. And he had on many occasions tried to end the relationship and had asked his lover to move out. But she was refusing to move out”, said a colleague who spoke on condition of anonymity.

“She is not an employee of the Centre. She is unemployed.”

According to Francistown Central Police station commander, Superintendent Lebalang Maniki, the 42-year-old driver was last seen live on Monday night.

“He left home around 10 o’clock at night to buy some refreshments. He never returned. His girlfriend whom he had left behind at home says she thought, he had decided to spend the night elsewhere”, continued Maniki.

Only for the man who hails from Rakhuna to be found hanging by the neck on a tree along the busy Mastiloje road early Tuesday morning, a few metres away from Impala Research Centre.

“We were alerted of the suicide incident at around seven o’clock in the morning by motorists who saw an abandoned car parked along the road and human body hanging from a tree nearby”, added Francistown Central police station commander.

Police however, could not rule out foul play. And are still investigating beyond the scene of crime.

Monamodi is said to have left behind a suicide note stating his reasons for his untimely demise.

Superintendent Maniki confirmed that indeed his officers found the suicide note, but was cagey to reveal its contents.

“It is not early to make public the contents of the note”, he said.

Meanwhile, colleagues to the deceased were not hesitant to divulge that the note penned by Monamodi stated he could no longer endure with the unbecoming behavior of his girlfriend.

And also the violence he was subjected to.

“There were saw many reasons, but the one he stated first was abuse”, revealed an impeccable source, at Impala Research Centre.

Francistown Central police station commander appealed to the public to find amicable solutions to resolve whatever problems they encounter in life.

“It is always an unfortunate to lose a human life, particularly as young as this one. Where one still could contribute immensely to society and his family. People must seek help from social workers, family and even us the police. Taking your own life or killing is not a solution,” urged Maniki.

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