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Tuesday, 13 December 2011

Police shoot in the air to rescue a robbery suspect


By Joseph Mutua

Police in Ng’arua division of Laikipia West district shot in the air to scare away an irate mob that wanted to lynch a suspected robber.

The suspect is said to have sneaked into a shop run by an elderly man at Mohotetu market where he attempted to strangle the old man.

According to Thumbi Gitahi the elderly man who was alone at the time of the incident, the assailant said to be in his late 20s pounced on him and gagged him with a piece of cloth.

The shopkeeper who is also the treasurer of the Mohotetu dairy farmers cooperative society said neighbours who heard the commotion rushed to his rescue.

The 7.00 pm incident attracted a mob that beat the assailant senseless before the police from the nearby Muhotetu chief’s camp came to rescue him.

The assailant was picked up by the police while the elderly man was escorted to a nearby clinic where he was treated and discharged.

The motive of the attack was not immediately established.
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