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Baraza, a dead dog and the question of mob justice

A robbery suspect in Lugari, Kakamega County, has died following an attack by a mob.

David Baraza was among the duo that had planned on robbing Mirriam Miramboga’s home, says the Directorate of Criminal Investigations.

In the 1am incident, Baraza and his accomplice made their way into the compound and poisoned the family dog.

“With the dog safely out of their way, the suspects tiptoed to Miramboga’s compound, braving the biting cold to carry out their mission. Unexpectedly, Miramboga wasn’t asleep since she detected shadows moving outside her house,” says DCI.

Miriam screamed. “Her distress calls attracted neighbours from across Mbajo village and beyond, who responded immediately.”

Mob Injustice?

Baraza was cornered by the neighbours who beat him to within an inch of his life. Officers from Lumakanda Police Station later arrived and rescued him. He was taken to Lumakanda Hospital where he died.

The deceased’s body was moved to a morgue in Webuye, pending proper identification. It is not clear whether police will arrest and charge the villagers behind the mob attack, or the status of the hunt for the suspect who escaped.

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