Police in Tlhabane are investigating a case of Malicious damage to property after a 35-year-old man died after he allegedly attempted to commit suicide by setting fire on his estranged wife vehicle on Tuesday, 21 January 2015 at about 05:00 near Tlhabane Police Station.
According to information received, the suspect, who was allegedly aggressive, had domestic violence-related problems with his estranged wife he drove to the Tlhabane police station where he followed his wife who went to lay a charge against him of malicious damage to property.
This was after an argument ensued at the woman’s place of dwelling. It is alleged that the deceased had damaged his wife’s cell phone by throwing it on the floor. As he arrived at the parking in front of the police station gate he had allegedly poured petrol all over the vehicle he was driving. As the deceased parked the car he allegedly bumped into the police vehicle which had parked next to his vehicle. This made the police to register a case of malicious damage to state property against the deceased.
As the Police asked the man to step out of his vehicle, he allegedly refused the instruction and allegedly set the vehicle alight as he was inside the vehicle. Police responded immediately as they were next to the vehicle and rescued the deceased without visible injuries. Emergency Medical Services were summoned to the scene in order to give him first aid and take him to the local hospital for medical treatment, but he allegedly refused profusely.
The suspect was then arrested. He was allegedly reported vomiting at about 5h00 in the morning and EMRS services were called again and he was certified dead on arrival. His death is still unknown as police are still waiting for the post-mortem results and an inquest docket has been opened and is investigated by IPID to establish the course of death.
Media Statement from North West Media Centre
Source : South African Police Service