Shock gripped residents of Car Wash estate in Kisumu on Thursday morning after a man who was trying to sneak a body out of his house using a briefcase was lynched by an irate mob.
Residents woken by an early morning commotion were treated to a scene of the mutilated body of a girl believed to be 19 years old stuffed in a suitcase.
A few metres from the chilling scene inside a house the man had lived in for barely a week, lay another body in a pool of blood.
An enraged mob moved by the gory scene of mutilated body parts had beaten the man to death.
The man, Mike Otieno, 47 is said to have been with the woman identified as Achieng at a nightclub in Kondele on Wednesday night before they went home at 2 am.
Witnesses said the man was lynched at around 5am Thursday after a curious night guard raised the lid on his attempts to get rid of the body using a suitcase.
“The watchman said he heard a sharp cry for help from the man’s house before they were drowned in blaring music at around 430am,” reported Kisumu Central OCPD Meshack Kiptum.
The watchman, he said, was alarmed when in the morning at around 4am the man asked him to open the gate for his friends who had come to help him move an important parcel.
The guard however got curious after he found the man mopping blood inside the house.
The landlady of the apartment, Margaret Nyarangi said the terrified watchman notified her of what he had seen.
“I immediately went to Kondele police station to report and came back with two officers.
“When the police arrived, he tried to flee using the back door where a crowd of curious spectators had gathered but was cornered and beaten to death,” she said.
The man, she said, had only stayed in the house for nine days.
The house, she added, was searched for and booked by a different lady with whom he moved in. She too would soon disappear.
“The lady who came looking for the house through my agent said she ran a cosmetics business in town. But they moved in together and were yet to deposit their documents with agent,” she said, adding that the lady had not since been seen again.