A 60 year old volunteer from Netherlands committed suicide by hanging himself in his house Sunday evening at Henry Henderson Institute(HHI) in Blantyre.

Blantyre police station Publicists Sub – Inspector Augustus Nkhazi has confirmed on the incident.

Police report say Barbara Elizabeth Swarthout ten Kate 47, from Netherlands working as a doctor at Beit Cure in Blantyre to police that she received a whatsapp message from the deceased on 11/03/2018 at around 1807 hours that he was going to commit suicide.

He further gave her instructions on how to get to his house and his body.

Upon receipt of this message, she informed her friends Willy and Kitty Tafatatha.

They rushed to the house of the deceased situated close to Phoenix school.

They found the house locked. With assistance from the headmaster of Phoenix school, they broke the door to get entry.

Upon entry, they found the deceased hanging on a rope which was tied to the ceiling of the house.

Matter was reported to Police.

Body was taken to College of Medicine mortury.

Postmortem to be conducted Monday morning.

Police have instituted investigations to establish the cause of the suicide. It is believed that deceased had some issues with his girlfriend who is based in South Africa.

The deceased; Johan van Houtte hailed from Netherlands and was teaching French and Music at Ndirande Hill high school in Blantyre.


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