23-year-old teacher commits suicide ‘after impregnating teenager’

Malawi24.com

A 23-year-old primary school teacher committed suicide in Salima on the night of 8 June and police say the teacher impregnated a teenager and feared he would be arrested.

Salima Police Station spokesperson Jacob Khembo identified the teacher as Timothy Mpinganjira who was teaching at Mgawi Primary School in Dedza

According to Khembo, Mpinganjira booked a room at one of the rest houses at Kamuzu road while drunk.

In the early morning of 8 June, the receptionist became surprised upon seeing that Mpinganjira was still in a slumber while the rest of the customers had already left their rooms.

Efforts were made to awake him but they proved futile until entry was forced and he was found dead.

The police were informed and they visited the scene before identifying the deceased through phone calls which reached his father, Lawrence Mpinganjira.

In the morning of June 9, 2021, the father to the deceased came to Salima to witness the postmortem on his son’s dead body conducted at the health facility.

Results revealed that death was due to taking poisonous substance believed to be actelic after also finding the remaining substance in one of the deceased’s pockets.

The police were later tipped that Mpinganjira had impregnated a teenager at Mayani Secondary School and parents to the girl were following up the issue.

With this information, police believe that the deceased had committed suicide to escape arrest.

Mpinganjira hailed from Lobi village in the area of Traditional Authority Kachere in Dedza district, killed himself on the night of 8 June 2021.

Meanwhile, police in the district are advising people to refrain from taking their lives as a solution to their problems but rather seek psychosocial support from relevant people and organizations.

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