An angry group of around 300 bodaboda riders stormed a Kirinyaga sub-county hospital, kidnapped a patient and killed him on Friday the 23rd of October 2020.
The patient was receiving his treatment at the hospital when the riders stormed the health facility and dragged him out to the Mwea-Embu highway where they took his life.
According to Immaculate Wanjiru, Nyangati senior chief, the police had rescued the patient from an angry mob who had wanted to kill him. She further explained that the cops took him to the hospital to treat his severe wounds.
Wanjiru also noted that the man was a known motorbike thief in the area.
Before he died, the man had confessed to stealing five motorbikes in the area and further told the riders where to find them. However, when the riders went to the location, they did not find the motorbikes.
The lies only heightened the anger as the riders came back and lynched him. They burnt his body beyond recognition.
Later on, authorities took his remains to the Kerugoya Hospital Mortuary.
The law holds anyone participating in mob justice guilty of murder regardless of whether they participated or if they were spectators.
“If several persons combine for an unlawful purpose and one of them in the prosecution of it kills a man, it is murder by all who are present whether they actually aided or abetted or not.
“If they participated in the unlawful activity they are considered to have shared a common intention to kill the deceased, and they are all guilty notwithstanding that the prosecution failed to prove who struck the fatal blow,” Justice David Majanja ruled in 2017.