The lifeless body of a 24 year- old man from Misikhu Ward Bungoma County was on Thursday last week found hanging from a tree within a sugarcane plantation after disappearing from his family and friends for a day. The deceased was identified as Samson Barasa.
In an interview with The Weekly Vision on Thursday, Everlyne Barasa, grandmother to the deceased said that Mr Barasa disappeared the previous day after he was caught with a neighbour’s stolen phone. “My neighbour’s cell phone got lost, he has been asking for it but in vain, it was yesterday when my grandson was found with it,” she said. She added that after he was caught with the stolen phone it was returned to the owner before he disappeared.
“The owner of the phone was an understanding individual, he forgave him and cautioned him not to repeat stealing,” she said. Ms Barasa added that after the deceased was cautioned and the phone taken away he threatened to hang himself. Mr Leonard Tundo condemned the incident calling on well-wishers to help the family raise cash to facilitate the burial of his son. “I have never quarrelled with my son. I don’t know what pushed him to hang himself, it is so unfortunate that he has taken such a course to take away his own life,” he said.
The body of the deceased was picked up by Webuye police officers and taken to Webuye County Referral Hospital morgue as the family starts burial preparations. The police have also launched investigations into the matter.
By Brown Wafula