Suspected ‘thief’ dies in Mochudi mob attack

Mochudi-Gaborone road sign
Mochudi-Gaborone road sign

Hardly a month after a young man was brutally attacked and fatally beaten by an angry mob in Molepolole, another alleged ‘thief’ was assaulted to death by another angry mob in Mochudi.

The incident occurred in Diphonsi ward in Mochudi on Friday night. Police confirmed investigations into the murder case. Reached for comment, Mochudi Police Station commander, Superintendent Joel Masilo said the deceased, in his early 30s, was beaten after he was suspected to have been involved in criminal activity.

“We received the report of the matter from the owner of the house who revealed to have been woken up by a loud noise from members of the community assaulting the deceased with some screaming ‘you are a thief!’ He said he was shocked when getting out of the house to notice that one of his house windows was destroyed. When narrating the story, the victim said he walked towards where the noise was coming from metres away from his house where he found a group of people beating the deceased and reported the matter to the police,” he said.

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