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Suspected conman forced to drag heavy concrete stone

28 January 2015, 08:12 Joseph Njung’eh

Nyeri - There was drama in Nyeri town on Tuesday when members of the public forced a suspected conman to pull a heavy concrete stone weighing more than 150 kilogrammes as a punishment.

38-year-old Peter Irungu Maina allegedly conned a student KES15,000 for schools fees earlier in the day.

He was roughed up by residents who forced him to drag the stone in the streets of the town.

The student failed to return to school when the suspect conned him and reported the case to police.

Angry residents followed Maina with whips, kicks and blows baying for his blood, an incident that happened for more than one hour without being rescued.

The mob later loaded the stone on a cart and tied him with a chain and a padlock and forced him to pull the load.

Also read: Mob burns man suspected of robbery

Business was disrupted in the town for a while as everyone left what he/she was doing to catch a glimpse of the incident.

Some police officers manning financial institutions could even not come to the rescue of Maina, they watched from a distance.

The suspect who works as a casual labourer revealed after thorough beatings that he works with two of his accomplices who have since gone underground.

A good Samaritan offered him mango juice to quench his thirst after he screamed for help during the one hour drama.

He was later arrested by police who escorted him to Nyeri Central Police station.

The residents said they wanted to teach the suspect a life time lesson.

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