A teenage boy has lost both hands and almost lost his life too at the hands of four men who accused him of stealing a medicinal plant.
Nairobi news reports that the 17-year-old boy, who hails from Mporoko village in Kenya was attacked by three men in the same village saying the boy has stolen 'miraa' (medicinal flowering plant).
He sustained a deep cut on his head while both hands were chopped off at the wrist during the attack and is currently recuperating at Meru Teaching and Referral Hospital, Kenya.
Speaking to Nairobi News from his hospital bed, the victim said he identified the assailants who included two young men, their father and grandfather.
“I was walking home on a path next to their farm when one of the men called me. Because I knew them, I went where they were. They started accusing me of being a miraa thief. While I was defending myself, one of them jumped and cut me on the head,” he narrated.
He went on to add that the father of the two men tied my hands and placed them on a post and the others chopped off his hands.
The attackers stripped the boy naked and left him for dead in the middle of the nearby road. They knew the boy would not be able to go home since it is a taboo in the village for a circumcised man to walk naked.
"I hid myself in the bush until around 12am when I walked home. I reached home at around 2am," the miracle survivor said.
The victim’s lawyer Kirimi Mbogo said three suspects identified as Kirema M’Itirikia, M’Itirikia Itirikia and Stanley Kibundu are in police custody while others are being sought by police.
He has pledged to get justice for the underage victim of the senseless act.