Teacher uses bed sheet to hang self

 By KNews  

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 alcohol.

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 scene.

Kaieteur News understands that Francis was supposed to have started the nursing programme in September.
A post mortem examination will be performed on her body today.

Monday, March 08, 2010