Police in Awendo, Migori County, have launched investigations into an incident where a 20-year-old man was reportedly beaten to death by his in-laws for allegedly stealing their chicken.

Austin Madawa is said to have broken into the home of one of his relatives in Kogelo village at 3am on Wednesday and stolen the chicken but was discovered before he could escape.

According to area chief Kenneth Nyawata, a boy who lives with the elderly person that the deceased attempted to steal from woke up suddenly and found him in the house then wrestled him to the ground before raising alarm.

Other family members then joined in and they all landed on him with blows and kicks, unaware that he was one of their relatives since it was still dark during the incident.

However, upon realizing his identity, they rushed him to a nearby hospital where he succumbed to his injuries while receiving treatment.

Police officers in the area have since called for calm as they begin investigations into the incident.

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