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Man, 75, kills self after ‘catching wife cheating’

By Renson Buluma | November 19th 2013

By Renson Buluma

Busia, Kenya: A 75-year-old man from Maduwa village in Busia County committed suicide after he found his wife in bed with another man.

Gabriel Musungu allegedly terminated his life to avoid the shame of living with a cheating wife.

The man is said to have found his wife of over 35 years in their matrimonial bed with another man at around 9pm on Sunday evening after returning home from visiting a friend.

The woman’s lover then took off before a quarrel ensued between the two.

“We heard him speaking in rage before he started sobbing. We asked him to calm down as we planned to meet and resolve the issue the following day (Monday),” said Kennedy Odhiambo, the deceased’s eldest son.

He added: “I was worried because I had never seen my father in such rage. I pleaded with him to go to bed and not do anything that will harm him,” he said.

The deceased is said to have obliged and entered his house promising not to harm himself.

Door locked

However, in the morning, the old man’s door remained locked from inside for an unusually long period, prompting his son to break it.

“I forced myself into the house only to find the body of my father dangling from the roof,” said the 29-year-old man.

He then raised alarm, which attracted neighbours who descended on the deceased’s wife injuring her in the process.

The woman later ran away.

“As a family we had decided to ask her to leave the home permanently because of the shame she was subjecting the family to.  Had she been faithful, my dad would not have committed suicide,” said Odhiambo.

He added: “My mother started an affair with that man a long time ago and at one time she lied to us that he was her relative from Uganda only for us to later discover that he was her lover.”

Police later moved the body to Busia County Referral Hospital mortuary.

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