Webuye man, 24, takes his own life after stealing mobile phone

Residents mill at the scene where a man allegedly hanged himself in Sikulu village, Webuye West constituency

Residents mill at the scene where a man allegedly hanged himself in Sikulu village, Webuye West constituency on Thursday evening.

Photo credit: Brian Ojamaa | Nation Media Group

What you need to know:

  • Samson Barasa had been missing for three days before a family member found his body on Wednesday evening dangling from a tree in a sugarcane plantation.
  • Webuye West sub-county Police Commander Joseph Chesire said police were investigating the incident.
  • Mr Barasa’s grandmother, Everlyne Barasa, said he had been punished by his father for stealing a mobile phone from a neighbour.

Police in Webuye are investigating the death of a 24-year-old man by suicide.

Samson Barasa had been missing for three days before a family member found his body on Wednesday evening dangling from a tree in a sugarcane plantation.

Webuye West sub-county Police Commander Joseph Chesire said police were investigating the incident.

Mr Barasa’s grandmother, Everlyne Barasa, said he had been punished by his father for stealing a mobile phone from a neighbour.

"My grandson was furious after he was reprimanded for stealing the phone and threatened to take his own life, but the family took it as a joke," she said.

Mr Leonard Tundo, Mr Barasa’s father, said the death of his fourth-born son shocked him and the entire clan.

He said his son had dropped out of school in Standard Seven.

In Bukusu culture, a person who dies by suicide is buried at night by elders in accordance with local traditions.

Cleansing rituals will be performed in the homestead to prevent such a calamity from happening again.

Police took the body to the Webuye county hospital morgue.

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