Police in Lilongwe have condemned the escalating cases of mob justice which have become a popular means of administering justice to suspects in the city.
Deputy Publicist for Lilongwe Police, Kingsly Dandaula, made the condemnation in the wake of a suspect who was beaten to death by an angry mob when he was caught red handed “stealing” in the house of his ex-parents in-law.
Dandaula said the incident happened in Chongo village, Traditional Authority Kalumbu in Lilongwe district and the deceased has since only been identified as Nedson of Selemani Village.
According to Dandaula, around midnight hours of between 17 and 18 February, 2014 Nedson broke into the house of Maleta Chimwenje, whose daughter he had been married to for some time before divorcing.
“When Chimwenje woke up, apparently having heard some noise, he grabbed and held on tightly to the suspect while shouting for help.
“The shouting saw men from within and the surrounding villages storm to the crime scene, beating Nedson and killing on the spot,” said Dandaula adding that the suspect died of severe head injuries.
Calling the act murder, Dandaula has since reiterated that justice should only be administered in court of law after the suspects has also been heard.
Barely a week prior to this incident, an angry mob set ablaze two suspects in Area 24 in the city.