Two suspected coffee thieves killed by mob in Machakos
Two suspected coffee thieves were on Sunday night lynched by a mob at Kithima Coffee factory in Ngelani, Machakos county after a botched robbery attempt at the factory.
The gang of thieves numbering thirteen had gained access to the factory after tying up two security guards at the gate but a third guard escaped and ran away screaming to alert residents who surrounded the factory and apprehended the two as the rest of the gang escaped.
The two were beaten to death and their bodies were left at the gate of the factory where hundreds of curious residents thronged in the morning to view them.
According to one of the security guards Nicholus Makau, Dennis Kyalo and Joseph Muli the gang which was armed with pangas, sticks and other crude weapons raided the factory at midnight tied the guards with ropes and beat them up to submission as proceeded to collect the bags of coffee.
They said the gang was not aware of the presence of the third guard as the captured guards had lied to them that there was no one else keeping watch.
Factory Manager Jonathan Musyoki said investigations into the incident had been launched.
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