15 August 2016 Last updated at: 9:57 AM
Mob Justice in Malawi: Police rescue suspected thief from angry mob
Police in Kasungu district over the weekend rescued a 30 year-old man from the jaws of death as an angry mob wanted to kill him for stealing beans and shoes.
The man, James Phiri, was caught red handed stealing three bags of beans and a bale of shoes from a warehouse in Kasungu district. Public Relations Officer Edna Mzingwitsa said Phiri wanted to steal the items from a warehouse in which businesspeople around Kasungu market keep their goods.
“After noticing that Phiri was a thief, people who were around the place caught him,” she said.
Later, some people in the crowd started demanding that they should deal with the thief and others agreed with the idea.
But sensing danger, chairman of Kasungu market informed the police and the law enforces went to the scene of the incident where they took away the suspect.
According to Mzingwitsa, this comes four days after a suspected thief was beaten to death around the same area. Meanwhile police have charged the suspect with theft and he will soon appear in court.