The deceased has been identified as Robert Luyima, 35, a resident of Matale village, in Kalisizo town council. It is said that Luyima had been arrested for whipping his nephew who messed up a house that was left in order.
The police in Kyotera district
are investigating the circumstances under which a suspect committed suicide in
The deceased has been identified
as Robert Luyima, 35, a resident of Matale village, in Kalisizo town council.
It is said that Luyima had been
arrested for whipping his nephew who messed up a house that was left in
Luyima gave his nephew three
strokes of a cane which did not please his sister who chose to report to Kalisizo
The police summoned him to
record a statement but instead retained him on charges of child abuse.
At around 8pm, the deceased asked the police
officer on duty to help him with a phone to call home and tell them his
He reportedly informed Jackson
Kiwanuka, the Matale Village Secretary, that he was going to end his life something
the officer ignored.
During a roll call at 8am, the
officers realized he was missing and when they checked they found his body hanging
in a cell toilet.
Police sources say that he used
a blanket to hang himself when other suspects were asleep. They say that the officer, who was on duty that night, is being questioned.
The body has been removed and
taken to Kalisizo Hospital Mortuary pending a postmortem.
Hassan Hiwumbire, the Kyotera District
Police Commander, says they are still compiling a report on the matter and promising
to give details later.
There have occurred several
incidents of suspects dying in police and prison custody in greater Masaka
On October 13, 2021, two
suspects died in the cells in Masaka and Bukomansimbi police stations.
deceased in Masaka police cell was identified as Ronald Kyeyune and the one in
Bukomansimbi police cell was Jorum Lwakahinga, who was brought in on defilement
According to Muhammad Nsubuga, the
Southern Regional Police Spokesperson, Lwakahinga reportedly committed suicide
while Kyeyune died of the injuries he sustained during a mob attack.