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By Gregory Musyoki

Three suspected kidnappers who held a 23-year-old man hostage and demanded a Sh300,000 ransom from his family yesterday have been arrested by Githurai-based detectives.

A 28-year-old Philip Kilonzi, Dickson Mwendwa, 24, and Robert Kioko, aged 23 years, were arrested in a single-roomed house where they held the victim.

The victim had travelled from Mwingi East in Kitui to Githurai to visit a couple who hail from his home rural area, only to arrive and find the woman of the house alone.

Suspected frame-up

Within no time, the husband stormed in accompanied by three other men, who landed on the young man with blows and kicks on allegation of having a romantic affair with the wife.

They then frisked the victim taking Sh5,000 from him, before hurling him out of the house and whisking him away to the empty room.

The victim was forced to contact his family members to raise the Sh300,000 ransom, threatening dire consequences if they failed to comply.

On getting the information from the victim’s father, detectives launched manhunt and netted the trio.

The victim who had been stripped naked and injured on the face was rescued to safety, as the three were taken to custody.

Investigations are underway as suspects await arraignment.


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