Man commits suicide after lover calls wife
A 33-year-old Kwekwe man whose wife allegedly received Ã¢â‚¬Å“a please-call me backÃ¢â‚¬Â text message from a suspected lover went berserk and assaulted the wife before he took an electric cable and hanged himself in his bedroom.
Police confirmed the suicide and identified the deceased as Joseph Tambaneunga. According to sources, Tambaneunga got suspicious after his wife received a “please-call-me-back” text message on her cellphone and decided to dial the number.
“Tambaneunga had long been suspecting that his wife was cheating on him. On the fateful night the wife received a ‘please-call me back message’ and the suspicious husband grabbed the phone and dialled the number.
“When the phone connected, the now deceased remained silent and the suspected lover on the other end went on to address him as ‘hello sweetheart’. The husband quickly handed over the phone to the wife.
“He then ordered the wife to talk to her alleged lover and she complied and went on to act as if she was alone, talking freely with her alleged lover on the phone,” said a source.
A neighbour said the man had become suspicious of his wife as she would receive calls at odd hours of the night and fail to give convincing explanations to him as to why she was being phoned at such hours and by who.
“After receiving the ‘please call me’ text and later phoning the number and asked the wife to talk to her ‘lover’, a heated argument ensued between him and the wife.
“The now deceased who was highly incensed by the conversation went berserk and severely assaulted the wife. We heard the wife’s screams for help and ran to the house and found the now deceased beating her,” said the neighbour. He said with the help of other neighbours, they finally managed to restrain the man from further assaulting the wife.
“It was resolved that they sleep in separate rooms following the brawl. The man decided to take his life while in his room and was found hanging in the bedroom the following morning,” said the neighbour.
Midlands police spokesperson Inspector Patrick Chademana confirmed the incident which occurred on Monday in Kwekwe's leafy suburb of New Town at about 11 pm.
“It is alleged that on the fateful day the now deceased Tambaneunga (33) had a misunderstand-ing with his wife whom he suspected of having an extramarital affair.
The two had a heated argument resulting in the now deceased taking some tablets before hanging himself using an electric cable in his bedroom,” said Insp Chademana. The police spokesperson said police were not suspecting any foul play.
He said the body of the deceased was taken to Kwekwe District hospital mortuary for a post- mortem.
“We appeal to members of the public to always seek the mediation of their elders, church leaders or even the police whenever they have a misunderstanding,” he said.