Lilongwe Police publicist Kingsley Dandaula identified the deceased as Demester Thyoka, 42, of Kweneza Village, Traditional Authority Dambe in Neno District.
He said the deceased on the said date hired a motor bike at Chinsapo motorbike rank to go to Malingunde.
“As the motorbike was passing by the gardens between Malingunde and Mitundu the deceased and other three co-suspects attacked the owner of the motorbike, the deceased and the other suspects went away with the motorbike, unfortunately it happened in the presence of other passers-by,” said Dandaula.
He said having rode for a short distance the motorbike run out of fuel and people gathered to deal with the deceased, his friends run away leaving the deceased while grabbed by the angry mob.
Dandaula said police were notified and rushed to the scene where they picked the dead body for post-mortem at the Kamuzu Central Hospital (KCH).
He said the report from KCH indicates that death was due to severe head injuries.
In a related development, on May 28, Jonathan Tsalani, 30, of Nguluwe village T/A Malili in Lilongwe reported to police that unknown criminals robbed him of a an unregistered motorcycle.
Dandaula said it is reported that unknown criminals hired a motorcycle from Tsalani heading to Mitundu and while on the way the unknown criminal with other three unidentified criminals attacked him.
He said the robbed motorcycle valued at MK340, 000 and that enquiries are still underway.Meanwhile, police is advising the general public that when they catch a robber they have to take the suspect to police for court proceedings.
According to Dandaula, cases of robbery with violence of motorbikes are common and that the owners should exercise with caution.