Man commits suicide with FIRECRACKER in Pretoria court

By News24 Wire
16 January 2017

The elderly man killed himself by putting a firecracker in his mouth and lighting it, in a municipal court in Pretoria

An elderly man killed himself by putting a firecracker in his mouth and lighting it, in a municipal court in Pretoria on Monday morning, Tshwane metro police said.

The 76-year-old man had been summoned to attend a "protection order case" at the court on Monday morning, Senior Superintendent Isaac Mahamba said in a statement.

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"At around 8 am, witnesses saw him standing in the passage and taking out something that they thought was a cigarette. He put it in his mouth and, when he lit it, it blew up in his face," Mahamba said.

He died on the scene. The court was closed for the day.

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"It was later found that he had blown himself up with fireworks. No one else was injured."

Netwerk24 reported on Monday that it was a family court.

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