A 77-year-old mentally challenged woman was found hanging from a tree in a maize garden in Kapanda village in the area of Traditional Authority Malili in Lilongwe Tuesday this week, Lilongwe Police Station Public Relations Officer Kingsley Dandaula confirmed.
he said that Ketrina Kamitondo from Mpumbulu Kutchemba village, T/A Malili in Lilongwe missed on March 15, 2016 only to be found hanging dead from a tree in the middle of a maize garden seven days later.
“The deceased was staying with her relatives and it was only Tuesday 22nd March at around 10am when members of the general public found her hanging dead from a tree in the middle of a maize garden with her legs and arms decomposed,” he said.
He said she had used a chitenje cloth to hang herself.
The matter was reported to police who took the body to Kamuzu Central Hospital and postmortem conducted revealed that death was due suffocation.
Police have since bemoaned the increase of suicide cases of mentally challenged persons and have called on families, parents and