Escaped child killer beaten to death by mob in Kenya

Masten Wanjala confessed to killing 12 children and reportedly posed as a football coach to lure victims

Emily Atkinson
Friday 15 October 2021 12:01
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<p>Masten Wanjala sat in the back of a police truck being taken by police to identify the location of alleged victim remains.</p>

Masten Wanjala sat in the back of a police truck being taken by police to identify the location of alleged victim remains.

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A man who confessed to killing a dozen children has been beaten to death by a mob after he escaped from a police station in Kenya, police have said.

A group of villagers tracked down Masten Wanjala to a house in Bungoma town, close to the Ugandan border, where he was eventually killed.

He also admitted to giving the boys drugs and, in certain circumstances, to drinking their blood.

Area Assistant County Commissioner Cornelius Nyaribai said Masten Wanjala was killed near his home in Bungoma county, a day after he escaped from police cells in Nairobi.

Authorities said Wanjala was identified after he played with locals in a football match. Some then trailed him and beat him to death.

“The law of the jungle as applied by irate villagers prevailed,” Kenyan police’s Directorate of Criminal Investigations said in a tweet on Friday.

Authorities have said Wanjala confessed to killing children in Nairobi, Machakos and Bungoma when he was arrested in July. He reportedly posed as a football coach to lure victims.

So far, five bodies have been recovered.

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