A suspected thug was butchered by an angry mob who accused him of being behind a spate of criminal activities within Lunyito area in Lugari location, Lugari Sub County.
According to the residents, the deceased Erick Wekesa (30) a notorious criminal has been terrorizing them for a long time and was on the run after committing a series of criminal activities in the area.
He was accused of stealing chicken and a roll of barbed wire from a resident last week before he went into hiding.
He was later spotted hiding in a maize plantation in the neighborhood and was confronted by an angry mob that managed to corner and arrest him before setting upon him with all manner of crude weapons.
After torturing him for about an hour the mob dragged him into the nearby Lugari forest where they beheaded him and dumped the body in the forest.
Confirming the incident,Lugari Sub County police commander Bernard Ngungu said upon receiving the information his officers rushed to the scene to rescue the suspect but they found his body dumped in a thicket inside the forest with the mob who had vacated the scene.
He said police officers have launched investigations into the incident warning residents against taking laws into their hands but instead hand all suspects to police for appropriate legal action to be taken against them.
The body was taken to Webuye Sub County hospital mortuary for postmortem.