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Diplomat’s wife commits suicide after two failed attempts

The wife of a Greek diplomat committed suicide on Wednesday by falling from the fifth floor of a building in Mombasa’s Nyali estate.

Police said 64-year-old Frrances Lagoussis died instantly after taking the plunge around 8.45am.

She was wife to Mr Panayis Lagoussis. The bereaved envoy declined to speak to the media.

“What is the media doing here? I can’t talk to you,” Mr Lagoussis shouted before disappearing into the building.

Workers at the building said the woman had twice attempted to commit suicide from the same point but they had  stopped her.

The first attempt was on October 27, before a subsequent attempt the same month.

In both cases, the workers had taken her to the Nyali Police Station where she was cautioned and released.

On Wednesday, Kisauni OCPD Richard Ngatia said: “We are treating this as a case of suicide but we will investigate further by opening an inquest. Initial information indicates that the woman killed herself after her business started going down.”

He said the couple had lived in Malindi for a long time and only moved to Nyali recently.

A witness who declined to be named said: “The woman had attempted to throw herself from the fifth floor in vain twice in October. She told us that her business is doing poorly.”

“She was dropped by here her driver around 8.40 am from their residence… after about five minutes, we saw something flying down and land on the pavement with a thud. We rushed to the scene and found the woman’s body with a cracked skull in a pool of blood.”