A suspected livestock thief was lynched by an irate mob after he was found slaughtering a stolen sheep at Lumino village, Soy sub location Likuyani Sub County. Confirming the incident, acting Soy sub location assistant chief Mrs Diana Owano said the suspect John Shileka Inganji is alleged to have stolen two sheep over the weekend and sold one of them at Soy and decided to slaughter the other.
She said area residents stormed the suspect’s compound in the wee hours of the morning and found him skinning the sheep inside his grandfather’s house.
The group tried to interrogate him to establish where he got the sheep but he couldn’t reply, and they descended on him and assaulted him with all sorts of crude weapons, “His pleas for forgiveness landed on deaf ears as the irate mob went ahead to lynch him beyond using old tyre and petrol,” added Mrs Owano.
The local administrator revealed that the deceased was a jailbird who had been released just recently after he was jailed for a robbery offence, adding that he had been linked to a series of robberies in the area.
She, however, warned locals against taking the law into their hands whenever such criminal activities occurred in the area, “They should instead hand such suspects to security agencies in order to pave room for the due process of the law,” urged the local administrator.
According to area residents, the victim was a notorious thief who has been causing them sleepless nights. His body was taken to Kitale sub-county hospital mortuary as police
launched investigation into the incident.