An Italian investor was killed on Wednesday night while another sustained minor injuries after a gang raided their Kilifi Bofa Estate house.
The investors, aged 68 and 72 years, were attacked by a six member gang at around 2am.
"The thugs probably came in over the wall or through the open beach adjacent to the house. The two male business associates were living alone in the house," said Kilifi police boss, Clement Wangai.
He said the house's watchman went into the house when he heard the dogs barking in the compound. "As he was returning to the gate six gangsters surrounded him and tied him to a tree.
Two of the gangsters armed with machetes guarded him while the rest went inside," Wangai said. "They took one of the investors, inserted a piece of cloth into his mouth and wrapped another around his face. They dragged the other around all the rooms demanding for money which they do not keep in the house."
The thugs made away with three mobile phones and Sh2,500 which they stole from the security guard. Wangai said the dead investor suffocated because he was not able to breathe properly when he was blindfolded.
"The one who was dragged into the other room sustained bruises on the mouth due to the dragging but the other one died of suffocation," he said.
The police boss declined to give the names of the duo because none of their family member had been notified of the death. The duo own several cottages in Kilifi town and spend a month in Kilifi when they are in Kenya.