DRAMATIC PICTURES SHOW MOB JUSTICE FOR THIEF WHO STOLE DVD AND SWEETS
It was a bloody Sunday for a man caught stealing from houses in the Somerset location of Francistown last week.
Angry residents fed up with the escalating crime in the area, took the law into their hands attacking the man with clenched fists, boots, sticks, stones and anything they could lay their hands on.
Many had just come from church. The 28-year-old man who had broken into two houses and stolen a DVD and some sweets found himself in hot soup after a suspicious neighbour saw him breaking into one of the houses and raised the alarm.
When the culprit tried to resist arrest the residents tied him with a rope and administered their own brand of justice before calling the police who later came to his rescue.
“We decided to teach him a lesson first,” said the man pictured crunching his black leather shoe into the suspect’s jaw.
He declined to be named. Kutlwano Police Deputy Commander, Alec Marula said the arrested man was a well-known criminal in the area.
He appeared before a Francistown Magistrate this week where he was charged with two counts of stealing from a dwelling house.
Although the police chief does not condone the idea of people taking take the law into their own hands, the officer said: “Anyone above the age of 18 years has the right to arrest a person found committing a crime.”
He admitted that the members of the public punished the criminal who he described as a ‘regular customer’ at the police station, but dismissed the extent of the violence and resulting injuries, saying only that, ‘minimal force was used.’
He went on to thank the public for helping cops fight crime.
The man was later granted bail after confessing to the thefts. He will be appearing before court in August for sentencing.