The Police in Amuru District have arrested three suspects on allegations of committing murder by mob.
The suspects were picked on Monday following the death of Jack Ochola, a 30-year-old boda boda rider and resident of Patiko Sub-county, Gulu District.
Police identified the suspects as Patrick Nyeko, Jalon Toolit, and Simon Okwera.
They are accused of masterminding the beating to death of Ochola on Monday morning from Amilobo village in Lamogi Sub-county, Amuru District.
Police reports indicate the deceased was accused of stealing and slaughtering two goats along with his accomplices who are still on the run.
Aswa River Region Police Spokesperson David Ongom Mudong says the deceased and his accomplice raided the home of a 62-year-old woman at around 4:30 am before stealing the goats.
Mudong says a dog alerted the son to the elderly woman who later followed the suspects through their footmarks and found the goats had already been slaughtered.
According to Mudong, two other suspects managed to escape but Ochola was apprehended and taken back to the crime scene where neighbors lynched him to death.
He says the suspects behind his death have been detained and interrogated adding that a postmortem has been conducted on the deceased to ascertain the exact cause of death.
Mudong condemned the act of mob justice arguing that whereas the deceased was accused of theft, locals ought not to have taken the law into their hands since it’s criminal.
He notes that the police detectives have preferred charges of murder against the suspects and upon conclusion of the investigation, their case files shall be submitted for legal guidance to the Resident State Attorney.
The suspects are currently being detained at Amuru Central Police station where a case of murder has been registered against them under CRB 287/202.