Murdered hairdresser’s husband kills self
- ingested poison, found in backdam with wounds
Kensley Thompson, the prime suspect in the murder of his wife, Rhonda Thompson, took his own life yesterday almost in the same fashion in which he allegedly killed his spouse.
Police said that the 35-year-old carpenter and mason was found at around 06:45hrs yesterday at Hopetown Backdam, West Coast Berbice. He had reportedly slashed his throat and had also ingested a poisonous substance.
He was rushed to the Fort Wellington Hospital before being transferred to the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation, where he succumbed around 11:00 hrs.
According to the police, “acting on information, and with the assistance of public-spirited persons, the police arrested…Kingsley Thompson…who was a suspect in this matter, at Hopetown Backdam.
“Kingsley Thompson had some injuries that were believed to have been self-inflicted. He was also suspected to have ingested a poisonous liquid. He was taken to the GPHC where he later succumbed.”
Thompson’s suicide occurred just a day after the body of his 32-year-old wife, cosmetologist and hairdresser Rhonda Thompson, was discovered by family members in a pool of blood at her Lot 6 Public Road home at Onderneeming, West Coast Berbice.
Rhonda Thompson’s body was reportedly found in the dining room of her residence.
Police said that Thompson was found with a “gaping wound to her throat”.
However, no murder weapon was found at the scene.
Reports suggest that the mother of one was slain when a little niece, who was with her, opened the door to let someone in. However, there are no reports of neighbours hearing or seeing anything suspicious.
At the time, police were unable to locate the victim’s husband, Kensley Thompson, a carpenter and mason, who also drives a vehicle for a church in the community.
Friends of the husband also tried unsuccessfully to reach the man on his mobile phone.
Close associates of the couple said that they had separated about three months ago, after Thompson learned that his wife was having an extra-marital relationship.
This newspaper learnt that the couple was heard arguing on Saturday.
The woman had lived with an extended family in the home, including cousins and her son. It is unclear whether they were at home when the incident happened.
Rhonda Thompson, originally from Beterverwagting, East Coast Demerara, had operated the New Look Hair Salon and Cosmetology School at her residence.
She leaves to mourn her 15- year- old son, Akeem.