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Suspected robber lynched by Machakos residents irked by escalating crime

Kangundo OCS Morris Okul, whose officers visited the scene of the lynching, warned residents against taking law into their hands and asked members of the public to hand over such suspects to the police.

By Oscar NdundaSunday, 21 Aug 2016 20:10 EAT

Police taking away the body of the deceased. (Photo: Oscar Ndunda/Kenya Free Press)

Alarmed by the sudden crime wave sweeping the region, residents of Machakos County are beginning to take the law into their hands in dealing with suspected criminals. Residents of Katanga, Kangundo Sub County, lynched a suspected robber this weekend, as leaders continued to protest police laxity in addressing the increasing cases of robberies and killings.

The deceased, a middle-aged man, was said to be part of a gang that has been terrorizing residents in the area. Some sources linked him to the gang attack that left five night guards at Mitaboni trading center three days ago but we couldn't independently establish this fact.

The lynching comes barely two weeks after a gang of armed robbers, to which the deceased is believed to have been part of, invaded and broke into several shops at Katanga market and the neighboring Maiuni market where they made away with over Sh100,000 in hard cash.

Kangundo OCS Morris Okul, whose officers visited the scene of the lynching, warned residents against taking law into their  hands and asked members of the public to hand over such suspects to the police. He said this would help the police to get to the bottom of crime networks by getting information about the suspects' accomplishes.

“Today we woke up to the news that there is a robbery suspect who was being lynched at Katanga market. According to the report we have, he is part of  a gang that has been terrorizing residents and also carried out the attack at Mitaboni Trading Center. What I would urge the residents is to hand over the suspects to us so that they can give us more information and for the law to take its course," said the officer.

The body of the suspect was taken to the Kangundo Level 4 Hospital Mortuary while police undertake investigations to hunt down his colleagues.

The writer is the news editor of the Kenya Free Press





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