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Meru citizens urged to shun mob justice

24 August 2012, 14:13

An assistant chief within the Meru county Joel Ithima has cautioned the public against the culture of taking any disciplinary action against a crime suspect.

The administrator made the remarks as he condemned an incident where a suspected criminal was cornered and set on fire burning beyond recognition in his area of jurisdiction.

The suspect was said to have been in the company of his two companions when they allegedly ambushed a farmer in his home and set on him with pangas saying they were in need of nothing else but his head.

As the suspects set on the middle aged man with sharp pangas his wife managed to sneak out of the house and raised an alarm which attracted the attention of their neighbors.

On realizing an alarm had been raised the trio attempted to escape but it became too late for the deceased. However members of the local community policing committee managed to arrested one of the suspects while the third one managed to gain his freedom.

The arrested man was handed over to the local police post for further transmission to the Nkubu police station where he is assisting the police in investigations.

The assistant chief said the government had clear guidelines on what steps should be followed to handle any person suspected to have any motive of compromising public security.

Ithima said the law would not have any leniency on a person who decided to assume government procedures to take the law into their hands and meting any disciplinary action on crime suspect.

The injured victim was admitted in hospital with deep panga cuts all over his body while the body of the burnt suspect was collected by the police and taken to the meru hospital mortuary awaiting identification.

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