Suicide over mounting debts

A MAN from Waterford suburb in Bulawayo could not handle the pressure of mounting debts decided to commit suicide and left a suicide note apologising to his family.

A source, who was close to the deceased (Collin Jere, 42), a sales representative at a furniture shop, said Jere owed a lot of people money and also failed to pay his rent at his rented house in Waterford suburb.

The quagmire he found himself in forced him to cut his life short and leave behind his wife Geraldine Masawi (39) and children.

A family insider said last week on Thursday while Jere was watching a movie with his wife, he went outside and never returned.

“He went outside to get a bit of fresh air as he was saying he was feeling hot. After about 30 minutes his wife got worried after realising that he had not returned. Masawi looked for him outside the house, but could not find him and the gate was wide open,” said the insider.

Police searched for him but could not find him.

The following day a neighbour, Douglas Muyeche, came across Jere’s body hanging from a tree a few metres from his home.

“He informed his wife (Masawi) who then made a police report. Police came and took the body to United Bulawayo Hospitals (UBH) for post- mortem,” said the family insider.

Upon searching the deceased’s pockets police discovered a suicide note explaining why he committed suicide.

“I regret doing this, but l am overwhelmed with debts which are beyond me. I have caused unexplainable pain to my wife, kids and relatives. I have sunk beyond retrieval. For everyone going to be affected by this my sincere sorry. I am too weak to handle pressure, l have caused too much pain to my landlord. I am out C. JERE (sic)”.

Bulawayo deputy police spokesperson Assistant Inspector Nomalanga Msebele confirmed the incident and advised members of the public to seek counselling from either pastors or elders in the community than to commit suicide.

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