British soldier committed suicide: Inquest

BULAWAYO - A British soldier found hanging at his Bulawayo home in 2012 committed suicide, a court inquest heard.

The late Robert Alexander Wood’s case was heard by Bulawayo magistrate Enias Magate who adjourned the case to today.

A medical report read to the State by a government doctor stated that his death was as a result of suicide.

According to an autopsy, the deceased’s lungs were congested with excess fluid which is consistent to death caused by hanging.

There was blood oozing out of a ruptured vein on his scrotum, meaning the small vessel that covers his testicles had ruptured.

The rest of the organs were normal and we came to settle that his death was as a result of lack of oxygen caused by the hanging.

“We concluded that it was suicide,” the doctor said.

He said there were no fractures on his scalp, his stomach was empty with a smell of alcohol and other organs were normal.

Proceedings leading to the inquest are that in March 2012, Wood was found hanging at a house he was purportedly renting with his Zimbabwean girlfriend Gugulethu Henrietta Dube.

He was hanging from the top end of a burglar bar with a tight buckled waist belt around his neck.

The right foot of the deceased was resting on the base of the bed with the left hanging.

He was found almost naked, wearing only black and white boxer shorts.

Wood is alleged to have been found by Dube and the matter was reported to the police.

UK press reported that Wood’s relatives accused Dube of murdering the deceased and forging his will in a bid to gain control of his mine.

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