A man who attempted to vandalize a transformer paid the ultimate price for his folly after being electrocuted and died in Nyandarua County, central Kenya.
The man, whose identity could not be immediately established, had attempted to tamper with the working mechanism of a high-voltage transformer. Still, his plans backfired after being struck by an electric current from its live cables and catapulted over 20 metres away from the transformer, where his lifeless body was recovered.
"School going kids walking along kwa White area yesterday morning found his motionless body sprawled along the road with his left foot gumboot missing. It was later discovered on the opposite side of the road," said the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI).
Some of the schoolboys whose homes are close to the transformer remembered seeing something like lightening followed by sounds of hurried foot thuds before an eerie silence followed.
Prints of the deceased's gumboots were written all over the electricity poles indicating that the man, dressed in an orange apron, had scaled them while going for the transformer.
The deceased's accomplices reportedly escaped during the incident.
The deceased's body was moved to the Engineer hospital mortuary, awaiting identification by the kin.©Standard Gazette, 2021. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this site’s publisher is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Standard Gazette with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.