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University student hacked to death over suspected car theft

A third year student at Kenyatta University, Embu campus, was on Saturday morning hacked to death on suspicion he was planning to steal a car at Kiambuthi Estate.

Mr Vincent Akinga, 22, was reportedly found inside a vehicle packed near Deliverance Church while tampering with the ignition at 5am.

Embu police boss Francis Sang said the vehicle belongs to Mr Silas Ngari Mwaniki, the principal Sergeant at Arms at Embu county assembly.

An eyewitness said the man was part of a gang of seven who intended to steal the vehicle when the owner was alerted by an alarm that went off on his mobile phone.

The vehicle’s owner peeped from a window where he was and saw that a person had indeed gained access into the vehicle and was tampering with the ignition.

He locked the doors with his car fob and raised alarm, attracting residents who descended on the suspect with crude weapons.

“The man was wielding a knife and threatened to stab some guards who had responded. He was however disarmed. People were beating him with sticks, metal rods, while others hacked him with pangas,” said the eyewitness.

Police who arrived at the scene found the man died and took the body to Embu Level Five hospital mortuary.