A man in Mayuge district has committed suicide by poisoning after losing Shillings 800,000 in sports betting.
The suspect is 30-year-old, Isa Tibinuma, a resident of Bubalagala village in Bukatuube sub-county.
Tibinuma sold off his 20 by 45ft land on December 16, 2022, for 800,000 Shillings.
He reportedly staked 500,000 Shillings at Tofer bet house in Bukatuube sub-county that Morocco would defeat Croatia on December 17, 2022, with the hope of earning 2 million Shillings. However, Morocco lost 2-1 to Croatia, which saw Tibinuma lose his bet.
He decided to stake the remaining 300,000 Shillings with a bet that France would defeat Argentina in the FIFA 2022 world cup finals on December 18, 2022, with the hope of earning 1.2 million Shillings.
He lost the second bet as well since France lost 4-2 in penalty spots.
Tibinuma locked himself in his house on Sunday night when he is said to have taken suspected rat poison and called his family members to inform them of his decision to commit suicide after losing the money.
Busoga East police spokesperson, Diana Nandawula says that they are waiting for a conclusive postmortem report to ascertain Tibinuma’s cause of death.
She has challenged youths to engage in productive income-generating activities rather than engaging in betting ventures, which are unsustainable.