Members of the public yesterday stoned to death a man who attempted to snatch a handbag from a woman trader at the Gullet area in Garissa town.
Confirming the incident Garissa OCPD Aron Moriasi who termed the incident as unfortunate said that the police arrived ‘a bit late’ when the suspect had been stoned to death.
“Members of the public resorted to mob justice. They should have handed over the suspect to the police and allow the due process to take its course. The law does not allow this,” he said.
According to an eyewitness, the suspect drew a knife when the woman grocer raised the alarm after he had snatched her handbag prompting the public to intervene.
“The man was beaten senseless. They tied his legs with a rope and dragged him all the way to Garissa primary school playground,” he said.
“They hanged him head down using a rope and started stoning leaving him for the dead”, he added.
The police had a rough time in securing the scene as the highly charged public threatened to set ablaze the body.
He died moments later from his injuries.
The body was taken to Garissa referral hospital for preservation and postmortem.
Police have launched investigation into the incident.
The incident comes barely a week after another suspected mugger was shot and fatally injured by the police in the sprawling Mororo slums in neighbouring Tana River County.
Garissa OCPD Aron Moriasi said that Muteti Nyamu 26, was traced to his hideout at around 10.00am but tried to escape when asked to surrender.
Police shot to immobilize him but unfortunately he died later at the Garissa referral hospital while undergoing treatment.
Incidents of petty crimes mainly targeting grocery women have been on the increase in Garissa town and the public is now calling on the police to tame the crime.
Source: Kenya News Agency