Inmate kills self

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Thursday, January 31, 2013


A DETAINEE at the Lumbia Police Station 8 committed suicide by hanging himself using his t-shirt tied to his neck inside the jail's comfort room on Thursday.

The body of Ben Armecin, 40, a native of Iligan City and currently residing in Barangay Tuburan, Cagayan de Oro, was discovered by police at around 4 a.m.

Armecin's body was found hanging from a metal bar inside the comfort room.

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Senior Superintendent Graciano Mijares, acting city police director of the Cagayan de Oro City Police Office (Cocpo), told Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro that Armecin was detained after he was accused of raping an eight-year-old girl.

Mijares said it was the barangay police of Tuburan who turned over Armecin to Lumbia police station on Wednesday around 9:30 p.m.

Initial police investigation showed that the suspect sexually abused the girl since 2011 when the victim was still six years old.

Armecin was working in a mining site in Barangay Tuburan along with the parents of the victim. He reportedly stayed at the victim’s house.

“Two years na niya gina-rape ang bata ug last Wednesday night nasapon ra gyud siya,” said Police Senior Inspector Ericson Sabanal, station commander of Police Station 8.

Sabanal said the victim was positively raped based on the result of her medical examination.

He said the girl's parents are willing to pursue the rape case against the suspect even if he is already dead. (Annabelle L. Ricalde)

Published in the Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro newspaper on February 01, 2013.

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