Remand Prisoner Hangs Himself In Cell

A teacher on remand at the Bolgatanga Police Station in the Upper East region has committed suicide. The body of Alex Timbil who was standing trial for allegedly defiling a 13-year-old girl was found hanging on a rope tied to a bar within the bathroom of the cells.

Narrating the incident to media, the Bolgatanga Municipal Police Commander Chief Superintendent Christian Bortsi said a probe has been instituted to find out how the rope found its way into the cells.

“When they opened the cell, I entered together with my lieutenants, the crime officer, station officer and the counter NCO (Non-Commission Officer), at one end of the bathhouse within the cell, he hanged himself with a twine.

He climbed the wall, fastened one of the ends of the rope to a bar; measurements were taken. The distance between his feet and the ground was not even one foot. “Upon examination, I realised that blood was oozing from the mouth.

I ordered that he be brought down, after taking pictures, we removed the body to our police bag. As I speak to you now, he is at the morgue awaiting autopsy,” he narrated. The deceased, according to Chief Superintendent Bortsi might have taken his own life because he could no longer withstand the shame he suffered as he continuously appeared in court.

He was said to have been arrested in October 2015, and having made several adjourned appearances in court on the matter already, was due to reappear in court in January, 2016.

The Commander disclosed that eleven other inmates who were in the cells as of the time of the incident became so agitated at the “horrendous sight” that reinforcement was needed to deal with what appeared like a mutiny.

He added that the police did not suspect foul play in the death of the 25-year-old teacher who hailed from Pelungu in the Nabdam District of the Upper East Region.

One of the inmates is said to have found the body in the wee hours of Saturday and raised an alarm which attracted not only the other inmates from their cubicles but also the police officers on duty at the time.


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