Wednesday 22 May, 2019

39-year-old man suspected of suicide in Manchester, cops issue appeal

Police say they are still trying to gather more information in the case where a 39-year-old man from Cheapside district, Kendal, Manchester is suspected to have committed suicide at his home on Thursday, April 04.

The deceased has been identified as old Elroy Johnson, a tiler.

Police said the reports they received is that about 6:00 p.m., Johnson allegedly ingested gramoxone and was taken to hospital by relatives where he was pronounced dead.

News of the development comes little over a month after a woman in St Mary is suspected to have also killed herself by ingesting a pesticide.

Reports are that she reportedly also attempted to kill her three-year-old son by feeding him some of the poisonous substance.

According to investigators, information gathered suggest that the woman, who has been identified as 29-year-old Racquel Sommerville of Orangefield in the parish, may have been suffering from depression.

The child is said to have so far survived the poisoning and is in stable condition at a hospital.

Police said in recent months they have been receiving a number of reports regarding suicides and as a result, authorities have sent out an appeal, urging persons who may be suffering from mental health issues, including depression, to seek help.

The appeal said the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) offers counseling services through its Domestic Violence Intervention Centres located at the Constant Spring and Matilda’s Corner police stations, both in St Andrew.

The centres are said to be staffed by trained professionals who are able to do evaluations and make recommendations as necessary.

The aim of the centres is said to be to provide help for persons affected by domestic violence, however, they were recommended as good points of contact for any person who may need help dealing with a mental health issue.

 

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