Police interrogate woman for ‘scolding husband to death’

A woman in Makuei Alel village in Aweil South County, Northern Bahr el Ghazal State, is under investigation over the death of her husband, according to the area paramount chief.

After realizing that her husband Wol Agoth Deng, 40, was misusing alcohol – drinking a lot almost on a regular basis, the 30-year-old woman reportedly advised him to stop.

Wol then stopped drinking in October and swore to his mother of four children never to taste alcohol again. However, he allegedly resumed drinking at weekend.

When he returned home drunk on Saturday, his wife scolded him for not upholding the ‘oath’ he had made, claims TRC cannot immediately verify.

This, according to Chief Ayom Akol, angered Wol, who later took his own life – a move the chief described as unwise.

“When you are told to stop doing or taking something, it does not mean that people hate you; it is meant for your good health,” Ayom told Akol Yam FM.

Authorities believe that the words the suspect uttered at her husband led to the death.

Ayom continued to say people need to handle emotions with care, saying acting emotionally leads to unnecessary consequences.

Taking an oath against alcoholic is a common practice in Northern Bahr el Ghazal State. It is used as an attempt to prevent alcohol-addicted individuals from taking the substance anymore.

Such a move comes as a last resort after failure to persuade the person taking the alcohol.

In a related story but separate, a 23 year old man is being treated in a hospital in Aweil South County after taking alkali in an attempt to take his own life.

Deng Angui Kuc, a teacher by profession, drunk the alkali after he lost a bid to marry his girlfriend.