A serial burglar who had been terrorizing the people in Dwarsloop village in Bushbuckridge, Mpumalanga of South Africa, was taught a lesson he would never forgive in his life after he was caught by residents after another of his stealing spree.
According to Times Live, after beating the suspected burglar for several minutes, the angry mob forced him to dig his own grave where he was buried up to his chest level while they continued to beat him.
The strange jungle justice which was captured on video, showed the crowd descending on the suspect who was described as a very notorious who had broken into many homes in the area and even after he was caught and beaten up several times in the past, would not stop stealing.
But after he was caught this time, the residents decided to teach him a lesson he won’t forget in a hurry.
According to the person who recorded the scene, Tumelo Dibakwane, after he was half buried in his grave, the crowd wanted to set the thief on fire but he was lucky as the police arrived just in time just as the crowd had got the petrol and was set to set him ablaze.
“Someone was suggesting they put petrol on him and burn him. If the police were late by five minutes‚ they had the petrol‚ someone managed to get petrol. The garage was just a few meters away‚” Dibakwane was quoted as saying.
According to Mpumalanga SAPS spokesman Sergeant Gerald Sedibe, the man is still in the hospital recovering from his injuries.
“The police condemn such behaviour where people take the law into their own hands. We urge people to follow the right procedure should they suspect someone of being involved in criminal activity,” Sgt. Sedibe said.
A convict escaped death on Wednesday as street security men attempted to burn him alive for robbing a compound on Karaa Street, Ajao Estate, Lagos.
The suspect, identified simply as Victor, who scaled a fence into the compound, thought all the occupants of the house had gone to work until he was spotted by a neighbour.
While being beaten, he confessed that it was his third attack on the house.
Security men on the street put a tyre on him and were about to douse him with petrol before setting him alight when residents of the area intervened to save his life.
A resident of the street told sources that the suspect said that he was sent to jail for robbery and had only been released recently.
“He told us that before he went to jail, he had robbed the same compound two times. When he got out of jail, he came back again to rob the compound,” he said.
The residents later handed the suspect over to the Ajao Estate Police Command, where he is currently still being detained.
A teenage boy has been dealt with severely by a large crowd after he sneaked into a woman’s house to steal her DVD player. The incident happened along NNPC road in Okirighwe, Sapele area of Delta state.
The boy who identified himself as Felix was caught in action as his accomplice left him and fled. He is said to be an orphan. Felix was severely beaten and tied up by residents who later handed him over to the police.
A man was burnt to death by angry mobs in Gbatse community on Sunday (Jan. 15), Ushongo Local Government Area of Benue State after he was caught while trying to steal water pump at the Primary Health Care Centre located in the community.
According to a community youth leader, Adanyi Gbatse, the unknown man and others, at large, gained entrance into the fenced area where the water pump had been installed and tried to dismantle it.
Sources gathered that at midnight, vigilant neighbours who usually kept an eye on the place as a result of its importance to the community noticed movement within the premises of the motorized borehole.
The youth leader said one of the suspects was apprehended when he tried to start the motorcycle they had brought to use to facilitate their escape but it failed to start.
He added that during interrogation, the suspect who could only express himself in Hausa language, refused to give information about who he was and where he came from but rather became violent and started a fight, which resulted in his being lynched and burnt.
District Head of Mbayegh, Chief Nathaniel Hoyo, confirmed the incident and stated that the rural Divisional Police Officer, Assistant Superintendent of Police, Emmanuel Igwe, informed him about the development.
According to another source, David Mzer, the recovered items which included a motorcycle, a hammer, two spanners and an iron rod have been sent to the Divisional Headquarters in Lessel for onward forwarding to the Zonal Office at Gboko for further investigation.
A vigilante group in Lagos caught a suspected rapist and mercilessly lynched him.
A Yoruba film-maker, Seun Egbegbe, was accused and instantly beaten by a mob in Ikeja, Lagos State, on Tuesday for allegedly stealing nine iPhones.
However, the film-maker reportedly told policemen investigating the incident that he had no intention to steal the phones, but had stepped into his vehicle to pick some money when the sales boy raised the alarm.
Sources learnt that Seun Egbegbe had gone to the shop around 10am on Tuesday and had told the sales boy he met in the shop that he wanted to buy some iPhones.
Seun Egbegbe, who had been romantically linked with a popular Yoruba movie actress, Toyin Aimakhu, was said to have left the shop with the phones, telling the seller that he wanted to pick money from his jeep.
Three other persons were allegedly inside the jeep.
He, however, reportedly attempted to leave in the waiting jeep without paying for the phones when the sales boy raised the alarm, drawing the attention of other traders in the area who stopped the vehicle and dragged Seun Egbegbe out.
The producer was said to have been beaten to a pulp and was consequently handed over to the police at the Area F Command, Ikeja.
A police source at the command told Seun that Egbegbe was being held for investigation into the alleged crime.
The source said, “He (Egbegbe) went to Computer Village this morning (Tuesday) to buy latest iPhone 6.The sales boy gave the price as N290,000 and he demanded five pieces of the phone, which he gave him.
“He afterwards requested additional four phones and the boy gave him. The boy told us that as he was about to demand payment, Egbegbe requested one more to make the phones 10. The boy went into the shop to bring the 10th phone.
“The boy told us that before he came out, the suspect left with the nine phones without paying for them. He was eventually pursued by other shop owners. He wanted to enter his standby vehicle, but was apprehended and beaten up.
“Many senior officers tried to interrogate him, but he kept telling them that they should not worry.”
The Lagos State Police Command spokesperson, SP Dolapo Badmos, who confirmed the incident at the Computer Village, said Egbegbe had denied the allegation.
She, however, added that the case was still under investigation.
“The command received the report of an alleged stealing at the Computer Village. There have been accusations and denials. The shop owner alleged that the said Seun (Egbegbe) came to his shop to buy iPhones and in the process, he wanted to bolt in a vehicle.
“But Seun said he wanted to pick money from his vehicle to balance the payment based on an agreement with the sales boy.
“He said when he entered the vehicle, the boy screamed for help and he was attacked and beaten up by some people in the vicinity.
A suspected burglar was reportedly beating to death an angry mob in Ajegunle, Lagos, for allegedly stealing electronic devices.
The suspected burglar, whose name and address had yet to be ascertained, was said to have broken into the house around 4am on Wednesday and stole a laptop, an iPhone, two DVD players, airtime cards, a power bank and a wristwatch. He also reportedly stole an unspecified sum of money.
Sources learnt that he wanted to escape with his loot when he was caught by the mob that beat him to a pulp.
He said, “I was asleep when he (the suspect) entered my room. It was when he wanted to jump out through the window that I woke up. I raised the alarm and he was caught with the help of my neighbours. Some angry youths hijacked him from us and he was beaten up. We recovered a lap top, an iPhone, two DVD players, airtime cards, a power bank and a wrist watch from him.”
The Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer, SP Dolapo Badmos, said two suspects had been arrested in connection with the mob action.
“The suspected burglar was mobbed and beaten to a pulp. He was confirmed dead at a hospital. Two suspects have been arrested in connection with the jungle justice and they will be charged to court,” she said.