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Busia residents warned against lynching robbery suspects

27 February 2014, 08:03 Jane Zack

Busia - Busia County CID commander Amos Tebeny has warned locals against taking the law into their hands by lynching suspects adding that the act is not a solution to curb insecurity.

This follows an incident that happened Tuesday in Busia Legio Maria estate where two suspects were lynched by members of the public after robbing approximately KES 40,000 at an Mpesa shop. The suspects were allegedly armed with a pistol.

Two accomplices managed to escape on foot after hitting a dead end of the road, and abandoned a saloon car with the registration number KBP 360P.

The bodies were moved to the Busia County Hospital Mortuary awaiting identification and the vehicle towed to Busia police station.

“From the few details we got, we are liaising with Nakuru to find out whether the suspects hail from there in order to establish the real identity of the deceased persons. We are also liaising with the registrar of motor vehicles so that we can establish the owner of the vehicle that was being used by the four suspects to commit the crime,” Tebeny said.

He added that at the moment they are not able to establish whether the number plates of the vehicle are real ones or a fake.

“For the two who escaped we are still gathering information since there is no identification other than the driving license, but we have taken the diseased finger prints to establish their real identity.

He said that no weapon was recovered despite the fact that eye witnesses said that the suspects wielded a weapon to scare but never shot.

“Probably once we have identified the deceased persons we may be able to trace the other suspects,” Teneny added.

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