In the Kumasi Metropolis of the Ashanti, a suspected thief was stoned to death in front of the Ashtown Methodist Church. The unnamed man, who is thought to be in his mid-thirties, is said to have been lynched in the early hours of July 24, 2022, for allegedly trying to steal nearby. Unknown assailants left the deceased’s lifeless body, which was that of a well-built guy, near the back of the church.
An eyewitness who talked to this reporter said she heard shouts and people chasing the suspected thief around the area but refrained from approaching the scene out of fear. “Yes, I heard the sound of some people hitting the suspected thief, but I refrained from moving forward out of fear. I don’t know what he tried to steal here, but when I woke up the next morning, the body of the deceased was at the back of the church, she said.
Some locals expressed concern about the frequent robbery attacks in the area and urged the city’s security to take appropriate action to stop the threat. They pointed out that this specific occurrence marked the tenth time a suspected burglar had been killed by lynching in the region during the previous four years.
The neighborhood’s residents were frightened about both the area’s repeated killings of robbery suspects and the way certain thieves had been intimidating locals. The body of the deceased was still left in a bush at the back of the church building as of the time of filing this report.