A suspected chicken thief was subjected to mob justice in Tigania West Constituency, Meru County.
Residents said the suspect was found in possession a chicken belonging to one of the poulterers in Maili Tatu area. Irate residents beat the suspect to death before setting his body on fire.
“Cases of petty theft are on the rise in our village. We hope this will be a lesson to those who go after other people’s property,” a resident told a local daily.
Following this, farmers in the area have opted to sell their brood of chickens in fear of the rising thefts targeting the sector.
Police however warned members of the public against taking the law into their own hands, urging residents to instead follow the right procedures as stipulated in the Constitution.