Stepbrother, 18, arrested for allegedly raping and killing his stepsister, 11, in Asturias
CEBU CITY, Philippines — Police have arrested an 18-year-old man for allegedly raping and killing his 11-year-old stepsister on the morning of March 1, 2021 in Asturias town in northwestern Cebu.
The stepbrother was identified by witnesses whose accounts were supported by circumstantial evidence, said Police Master Sergeant Gilmer Noval of the Asturias Police Station, who is the investigator of the case on late evening of March 1.
“Naay mga circumstantial evidence nga ni conclude nga nitudlo nga siya gyud. Sa timeframe, sa discovering ug sa pagkuha na sud nga siya ra gyuy masuspect. Naa tay witness nga nitudlo gyud niya nga sa buhi pa ni ang biktima kani sya ang nag rape,” Noval added.
(We have circumstantial evidence that concluded and pointed to him as the suspect. In the timeframe of the incident he was the most likely suspect. We also have a witness who saw him with the victim while she was still alive. He was the most likely the person who raped the girl.)
Initial investigation showed that the dead girl was found naked from the waist down in a grassy lot near their home at past 11 a.m. of March 1.
Noval said that with this they believed that the dead girl was raped before she was killed.
He said that the Scene of the Crime Operatives processed the crime scene at past 4 p.m. that day, and with the witness they later identified the suspect, who was later found out to be the victim’s stepbrother.
Noval said the young suspect was born in the town but has been living in Cebu City for quite a while.
He returned to live with his father three months ago.
Noval said that the suspect’s father had since then remarried to the victim’s mother.
Noval also said that during initial investigation the suspect allegedly admitted to the crime, but he said they could not yet use his admission as evidence because it was done without his lawyer.
“Ni angkon ni sya but wa man siyay abogado so dili pa nato ma conclude as evidence,” he said.
(He [the suspect] admitted to the crime but he admitted it without his lawyer present so we could not yet use this [admission] as evidence.)
Noval also said that they could not specify yet how the victim really died officially because they had yet to wait for the results of the autopsy of the girl.
Noval said the body of the girl was brought to a funeral home in Toledo City and she would undergo an autopsy to determine what was done to her and the cause of her death.
For now, the dead girl and the suspect had undergone buccal tests or a test to get their DNA.
The young suspect is detained at the detention cell in police station in Toledo City western Cebu pending the filing of charges.
Aside from that, the case was also forwarded to the Asturias Police Station’s Women and Children Protection Desk because the victim was a minor.
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