A 21-year-old fisherman has been admitted to Sindo Sub-County Hospital in Suba South after he was attacked and injured by a mob.
The man was attacked on Monday by a group of youths who accused him of raping a 95-year-old woman in Kaksingri West Location.
The fisherman, based at Wadiang’a Beach in Sindo town, is said to have raped the senior citizen at her home on Sunday afternoon.
Witnesses claimed the suspect went to the woman’s house at 3 pm where he committed the offence.
Suba Deputy County Commissioner Joseph Maina said an irate mob descended on the suspect with crude weapons.
“He sustained deep cuts on different parts of his body. Residents attacked him with crude weapons,” he said.
The suspect, who is from Nyatike in Migori County, also sustained burning injuries. Mr Maina said the suspect was rescued by police officers who responded to his distress calls.
“The mob intended to kill him but a group of police officers who received a call from other residents moved with speed and saved him. He had cuts and burns on his body when he was admitted to the hospital,” the administrator said.
The officer said the rape victim was also rushed to Sindo Sub-County Hospital where she was treated and discharged.
Security officials in Homa Bay have flagged Wadiang’a Beach as a hotspot for criminal activities. Mr Maina said police offices are working round the clock to ensure they flush out criminals from the area.
“The rape suspect will be charged in court once he is discharged from hospital,” he said.