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Two Men Lynched In Nakuru Over Livestock Theft

Two men were lynched in separate incidents in Nakuru County on Tuesday night over livestock theft.

In the first case, 43-year-old Antony Cheruiyot was lynched by an angry mob in Mau-Summit for allegedly stealing a number of sheep and keeping them in his homestead.

Police said an angry mob broke in around 10 p.m. and descended upon him. Officers who responded found a Beretta pistol on the suspect.

Cheruiyot is considered a habitual offender and had an ongoing court case at the Molo Law courts where he was charged with a similar offense after he was found with 11 stolen sheep on April 29. He was on bail.

In a second incident two hours later, one suspect, who was not immediately identified by police, was burned beyond recognition while his accomplice escaped with life-threatening injuries.

An angry mob descended on the pair for allegedly stealing two cows a few kilometers from the site of the original incident.

“Officers from Sirikwa Police Station rushed to the scene after learning of the incident only to find the charred remains of the suspect,” Detectives from the Directorate of Criminal Investigations said in a statement on Wednesday.

The stolen animals were found and returned to their owners. Police said they are searching for the suspect, who fled.

courtesy Citizen digital