NAIROBI NEWS JANUARY 24, 1920: “A GANG OF CRIMINALS”
If you didn’t own a motorcar, the rickshaw (previously billed as the “love chariot”) was the preferred mode of travel. But in January, 1920, rickshaws were difficult to come by after dark. The reason: a “gang of six” Kikuyu. These six natives had a pattern of watching for rickshaws toting passengers, then waylaying the “driver” as he returned having collected his fee. The rickshaw driver (many were pulled by hand, some by bicycle) was then beaten and robbed. Robbery and assault were not their only crimes. A victim had sustained heavy enough beatings near the racecourse to die from the injuries.
Happily, many of the gang were apprehended. One “boy with a slashed nose” escaped, but was later captured 100 miles from Nairobi with a “considerable sum of money and jewellery (1920 spelling).”
However, a native woman found near Sixth Avenue with her throat cut was not the work of this gang as had initially been supposed.
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