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Angry boda boda riders lynch man suspected of stealing motorcycle – PHOTOS

A 33-year old man was Saturday afternoon beaten to death, and his body set on fire by angry boda boda riders, on suspicion that he had stolen a motorcycle in Kiambuthi area, Embu county.

The man, was tracked in Makutano area of Meru town and ferried in a van together with a customer he was ferrying.

They were transported to Embu where they were subjected to interrogation whereby the rider, who was only identified as Dennis, was stoned to death, his body doused with petrol and then set on fire.

Members of public view the body of a man who was lynched on suspicion that he had stolen a motorcycle in Kimbuthi area, Embu county. PHOTO | CHARLES WANYORO
Members of public view the body of a man who was lynched on suspicion that he had stolen a motorcycle in Kimbuthi area, Embu county. PHOTO | CHARLES WANYORO

According to Mr Patrick Njue, a boda boda rider, the motorcycle, which has a tracking device was stolen on Friday night and its signal traced.

A group of boda boda riders set out to recover it where they met Dennis as he ferried the customer, Felix Kithinji, a pump attendant in Meru and forced into the car.

BEATEN TO DEATH

“We followed the signal since the motorcycle had a tracking device. The motorcycle owner then spotted the bike and the two were confronted. They were forced into the car and driven to Embu,” said Mr Njue.

He said members of public started beating up the boda boda rider after listening to him and concluding that he was lying.

Members of public view the body of a man who was lynched on suspicion that he had stolen a motorcycle in Kimbuthi area, Embu county. PHOTO | CHARLES WANYORO
Members of public view the body of a man who was lynched on suspicion that he had stolen a motorcycle in Kimbuthi area, Embu county. PHOTO | CHARLES WANYORO

“There had been an increase in theft of motorcycles but it is slowly decreasing since we are dealing with it decisively,” said another witness who didn’t want to be named.

A shaken Mr Kithinji narrated how he saw his Dennis being beaten up to death and later set on fire.

“It happened so fast and we were forced into a vehicle. We were beaten up and then Dennis was set on fire,” he said before being whisked away by police.