Police in Ghana rescue alleged bike thief from being burned to death by angry mob

But not before he had been severely beaten

by John Stevenson   December 30, 2013  

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Police in Ghana have rescued an alleged bike thief from an angry mob that was planning to set him on fire.

According to the Ghana News Agency, police in the north-western town of Wa were pelted with stones as they rescued Safiq Kayaani from the mob, who had already administered the alleged thief a severe beating.

Eye witnesses said Safiq was released from prison less than two months ago, and would have been burnt to death had he not been rescued.

Assistant Superintendent of Police Edmond Nyamekye, the Public Relations Officer of the Upper West Regional Police Command told the Ghana News Agency that Safiq was alleged to have stolen a bike and GH₵500 (£130) from the compound house where he lives.

Mr Nyamekye said a suspect believed to be in his late 20s was spotted by its owner riding the bicycle in Wapaani, a suburb of Wa. A confrontation ensued in which the suspect admitted he stole the bike and the money.

He said the suspect revealed that he had left the money with another person, named as Hajia, in the T-Junction area of Wa. The bike’s owner took the suspect to the area in search of Hajia, but were unable to locate the alleged recipient of the money.

Mr Nyamekye said this made the owner angry and he raised the alarm, attracting the mob who severely beat the suspect until the police intervened.

The suspect was sent to hospital for treatment, after which he will assist in police investigations.

Mr Nyamekye said the public should not to mete out such treatment to suspects and the police, pointing out that it was against the law and could result in arrest and prosecution.

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As a rough estimate, that's two weeks' average salary. If someone pinched two weeks' salary off me and my bike, I'd want to be giving him a beating too... Big Grin

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posted by Gizmo_ [767 posts]
30th December 2013 - 17:13

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I'm pretty against bike thievery but that might be just a tad too far

posted by jarredscycling [436 posts]
30th December 2013 - 17:54

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Beating someone, and burning them to death COULD result in arrest and prosecution.

You have been warned.

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posted by nowasps [245 posts]
30th December 2013 - 19:04

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He thinks he got it bad. They give out nasty cautions here and if you are a repeat offender you get more cautions!!!!!!!

posted by Rouboy [62 posts]
30th December 2013 - 19:46

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nowasps wrote:
Beating someone, and burning them to death COULD result in arrest and prosecution.

You have been warned.

If you *are* tempted, make sure to do it from inside a motor vehicle as this will result in impunity from prosecution. Plain Face

posted by Matt_S [182 posts]
30th December 2013 - 20:07

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If I heard that a bike thief was beaten and burned to death would it lose me any sleep?

OK, I admit it. A little. But as my friends all call me a wishy-washy pinko, that's hardly surprising.


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posted by mike the bike [120 posts]
31st December 2013 - 17:39

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