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25-Year-Old Commits Suicide 

By Walter Wilson Nana — Denis Massem was Saturday, April 14, found hanging from a Guava tree in a farm not too far from their Idle Park residence in Muea, Southwest Region.

According to family sources and information gathered from the neighbourhood, Massem, fondly known as Bijou, is said to have broken up with his girlfriend, who reportedly aborted a pregnancy by Massem, without the latter’s consent.

Massem’s mother, Sarah Yenah, a worker with Delmonte Molyko Estate, Buea said: “My son has dealt with me. He complained to me that he would die, but I took it for the usual banter. I did not know the details of his relationship with his girlfriend. I am shocked. I was called from my work place to come home, only to come and see my son hanging from a tree with a rope. I am devastated.”

A female relation of Massem told The Post that the deceased had earlier ingested a poisonous substance at the girlfriend’s residence after a heated quarrel. “He came to the house and told the mother that he would die, adding that his girlfriend was troublesome. We took it for a joke,” the relation narrated.

After some members of the neighbourhood drew the attention of the Buea State Counsel to the incident, elements of the Buea Judicial Police Department and a medical team from the Buea Regional Hospital were authorised to move the remains of Massem to the Buea Regional Hospital mortuary.

The Judicial Police is carrying out investigations into Massem’s death. Until his death, Massem was a security guard at Beno Bakery Business Centre, Buea. He was the son of Lucas Kum and Sarah Yenah.

First published in The Post print edition no. 01336

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