A 27-year-old man in the rural area of Lilongwe, Malawi was stoned to death by fellow villagers on allegations of stealing green maize cobs in a garden.
According to Kanengo Police Station deputy spokesperson Salomy Chibwana, the deceased, who has been identified as Bester Kholora, was murdered on Tuesday at Chiponde village in the district.
It is alleged that Khorola was caught with 50-kilogram bag stealing the maize in Alimi Leviyosi’s garden.
The matter was referred to the village headman who instructed community members to bring him to his court, but the now-deceased fled and the mob gave chase. Chibwana added:
In the process of chasing him, community members started stoning and beating Kholora until he was killed before reaching the village headman house.
Currently, the police are investigating the matter so that those who took part in the killing must face the law. We are still urging the general public not to take the law into their hands when suspecting someone of having committed crime.