A suspected thief who allegedly stole a mobile phone was baptized with and forced to drink dirty engine after he was subjected to severe beatings.
The suspect, James Amanor, a 23-year-old scrap dealer, after receiving the beatings, was marched to a nearby fitting shop near the Community 18 Junction, close to Sakumono in Tema, by the irate mob. The mob poured gallons of dirty engine oil on him and forced him to drink some.
Amanor managed to escape into a bush at the Sakumono Ramsey site in Tema after he was set free by his captors who refused to heed his plea for him to be taken to the nearest police station. Narrating the incident which led to Amanor’s arrest to DAILY GUIDE, the residents claimed the suspect, along with is friend, unexpectedly snatched a Nokia mobile phone from a passer-by after they had monitored the victim to an isolated area.
They said Amanor snatched the phone from the victim and passed it on to his colleague who was ahead of the victim and bolted with it. Luck however eluded Amanor as he was apprehended after the victim had raised an alarm of losing his phone to the suspects, attracting the attention of some residents.
They said, “We gave them a hot chase but the other guy managed to escape but we managed to arrest this one at the Shalom Spot.” A casual observer nearly incurred the wrath of the irate youth when he attempted to implore the angry residents to take the alleged thief to the nearest police station or set him free, instead of taking the law into their hands.
According to them, Amanor’s incident was the second time thieves had stolen valuables from the area.