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Tragedy as varsity student commits suicide with sweater inside police cells

A university student allegedly committed suicide inside a police cell after he was found with bhang, police have said.

Nairobi County police commander Japheth Koome said the deceased, Tony Munguti, a student at the Co-operative University of Kenya, was arrested for creating disturbance and after a search, he was found in possession of bhang.

He was locked up at the Hardy police station in Karen where he committed suicide using the sweater he was wearing.

A police report said the 23-year-old was in possession of 50g of bhang.


“He was searched and placed in cells at 12.01hrs. He continued to be violent by kicking cell door grills. At 13.30hrs, the cells door was opened to allow fellow students to see him only to find his lifeless body dangling on a sweater tied on a door grill,” said police.

A dispatch from the university said Mr Munguti was a fourth year Bachelor of Commerce student.

“The police are carrying out investigation to find out the probable cause of his untimely death. His body is lying at the City Mortuary awaiting postmortem,” said Kamau Ngamau, the acting Vice Chancellor.

“We hereby pass our sincere condolences to the family, friends and classmates of the late Tony Munguti. May the Almighty God rest his soul in eternal peace.”

On social media, Munguti’s friends sought an explanation from police on his death.