A prominent Bulawayo lawyer who allegedly committed suicide on Tuesday afternoon was found with a gun in his hand and a gunshot wound on his head, police have confirmed.
Norman Pattison, a managing partner at Webb, Low and Barry law firm, allegedly committed suicide yesterday afternoon at his Bradfield home. He was 64 years old.
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Bulawayo Police spokesperson Inspector Abednico Ncube confirmed the development. He said:
We received a case of sudden death by shooting which is investigated as a suspected suicide case.
Insp Ncube said the information received was that the deceased was not feeling well and he was staying with his wife.
The wife left him around 10 o’clock in the morning in bed but alive and having spoken to him. Said Insp Ncube:
When she returned around 1300 hours, she found him lifeless in a pool of blood and we received the report and we attended.
He had a gunshot wound and he was holding on to a revolver with four rounds and one cartridge.
… his finger was at the firing pin which we call the trigger.
As opposed to the fact that it was at a business centre, it was at a residential area; he passed on at his residential place.
Insp Ncube said the body was taken for post-mortem. He urged people to seek counselling when they have something worrying them.