A 19-year-old teacher from St. Ignatius
Mission, Central Rupununi, succeeded in hanging
herself yesterday morning after several suicide
attempts, ending what is being described as her
desperate domestic situation.
Janelle Francis, a former teacher at Awarewaunau
Village, South Rupununi was found hanging from a
bed sheet tied to a tree early yesterday morning
by a cousin of her husband.
Francis lived with her husband and her in laws and
had previously been teaching at a hinterland
school where she reportedly began drinking
Her activities were objected to by her husband
and other relatives and she became very depressed
and suicidal, making several unsuccessful attempts
to kill herself.
On Saturday around midday, she left her home and
was later seen imbibing at a shop in the district
with male and female friends.
At the time her husband was supposed to be
attending to business at another location.
Later Saturday afternoon, Francis came home and
was shocked to see her husband in the house.
This further depressed her and she again left the
house and went back to the drinking spot, only to
return home later Saturday night.
She did not see her husband and it is assumed that
she retired to bed.
A neighbour recalled hearing the door of her house
opening at around midnight and upon investigating,
the neighbour saw her exiting the door.
No one knew what happened to Francis until they
made the shocking discovery of her body dangling
from the tree in her yard.
The police were summoned and after cutting
Francisí body down they recovered a bottle
containing what is suspected to be poison at the
Kaieteur News understands that Francis was
supposed to have started the nursing programme in
A post mortem examination will be performed on her
Monday, March 08, 2010