A SENIOR lawyer and managing partner at Webb, Low & Barry law firm, Norman Pattison, committed suicide by shooting himself at his Bradfield home yesterday afternoon, police have confirmed.
Bulawayo provincial police spokesperson Inspector Abednico Ncube confirmed the incident.
“The police are investigating a case of a male adult who is suspected to have allegedly shot himself at his residence in Bradfield. Further details will be provided in a statement tomorrow,” said Insp Ncube.
Webb, Low & Barry senior partner David Coltart yesterday said Pattison had been ill and depressed for a while The Chronicle reports.
“Pattison has been ill for a long time and seemingly depressed. It is with deep sadness on behalf of the partners of Webb, Low & Barry we bemoan the death of our partner. Our sincere condolences are extended to his family and friends,” said Mr Coltart.
He said Pattison last reported for work in April.
An anonymous source said Pattison was alone in the house when he took his life.
“He was alone when that happened, his wife had gone shopping at Bradfield Shopping Mall. At first, she thought that he was sleeping; it was later that she realised that he had shot himself; that’s when she alerted family and friends,” said the source.
According to the law firm’s website Pattison graduated from the University of Cape Town in 1982 before joining Webb, Low & Barry in 1983.
He was admitted as an attorney that same year and became a partner at Webb, Low & Barry in 1985, said the site.
In addition to commercial litigation, the site said Pattison oversaw the Accounting and Estates Departments.
The Chronicle reports that when its news crew visited Pattison’s house, the police had collected his body.
In other news, iHarare reported that there were horror scenes on Saturday when a baby boy was found dead in a burst sewer pipe at a primary school in Bulawayo.
The body of the dead baby popped out of a sewage pond at Lobengula Primary School. The baby is suspected to have been flushed down the toilet within 12 hours of the discovery in what appears to be a case of infanticide.