A man is fighting for his life at Bungoma County Referral Hospital, following a botched robbery mission Wednesday morning.
The man whose identity is still unknown had crept into the house of one Zipporah Masika, as she prepared to go for her morning shower.
According to reports, Zipporah was heading to the bathroom when she came face to face with the thug carrying her mobile phone and other valuables after ransacking her house.
Suddenly, the thug attempted to push her aside and escape but it was too late as she splashed the whole basin of hot water on his face and fled towards the main door screaming neighbours.
Upon learning what had transpired, the neighbours disregarded the rule of law and instead applied the rule of the jungle as they descended on the miscreant with an avalanche of blows and kicks.
Pleas by the thug to be forgiven fell on deaf ears as the irate neighbours beat him further disfiguring his burnt face and inflicting deep cuts on his head.
By the time police officers arrived, the man had been beaten by the angry villagers who had had enough of such characters in the village.
The officers then rushed him to Bungoma County Referral Hospital where he is currently fighting for his life.
The DCI is however urging members of the public not to take the law into their own hands in such circumstances, but alert police officers for the suspects to be accorded a fair opportunity in a court of law.