An irate mob in the northern region district of Mzimba has burned to ashes a Toyota starlet which was allegedly being used by three suspected goat thieves around Mterela location in the area of Inkosi Chindi in the district.
According to an officer at Euthini police unit Sub inspector Isaac Imedi two of the men escaped but one identified as Paul Chinula aged 26 was apprehended and beaten severe that he sustained heavy cuts in the head and a fractured leg
Sub inspector Imedi said the three men are alleged to have travelled from Mzuzu to Euthini on a mission to steal goats on Friday night.
He said the men managed to steal 9 goats which they parked in their vehicle but it later broke down close to the trading center
After people woke up in the morning and discovered what the vehicle was carrying they ganged up and set the vehicle on fire and it burned to ashes.
“Two of the men escaped the hands of the angry mob but one identified as Paul Chinula aged 26 was apprehended and beaten severe and cuts stitched at Euthini hospital before being referred to Mzimba district hospital,”said Sub inspector Imedi
Paul Chinula who also sustained a fractured leg during the beating comes from Kavinya village in the area of Inkosi Chindi in Mzimba district
The incident comes just a month when villagers at Eswazini also damaged a vehicle belonging to alleged goat thieves who came from Mzuzu.