An irate mob beat to death a 30 year old man whom they suspected to have raped and killed a 10 year old girl at Kachibora village in Trans Nzoia East Sub-County on Friday.
Police confirmed that Jacob Apolo was killed by a mob after a member of the public said that he had seen the man at the time the girl was reported to have used the same route to school but neither reached school nor returned home.
Trans Nzoia East OCPD Habel Ogul told the press at Kachibora that the standard three pupil of Mwiruti Primary School was raped, killed and her body dumped in a maize plantation a few kilometers from her home.
Her teacher called the parents reporting that the girl had not been seen in school, and they immediately mounted a search for the girl with the help of villagers, said the OCPD.
After a long search, the body was discovered in the maize plantation on Friday afternoon.
It was at this time that a member of the public told villagers that he had seen Apolo use the same route, same time as the girl , he said.
Police confirmed that the girl’s clothes were stained with blood and that investigations have been launched.
According to the OCPD, irate villagers then went to the home of the suspect where they beat to death and set body blaze.
The OCPD condemned the act warning members of the public that it was a crime to take the law in their own hands.
He said police are investigating the incident and will hold those who participated in the mob justice accountable.
The bodies were moved to Kitale Referral Hospital Mortuary.
Source: Kenya News Agency