Cops arrest minor in girl’s murder-A A +A
Friday, November 1, 2013
THE Crime Against Person and Property Desk (CAPPD) of the Cagayan de Oro City Police Office (Cocpo) arrested Wednesday on afternoon the suspect behind the killing of a nine-year-old girl in barangay Carmen more than a week ago.
CAPPD chief Senior Inspector Ariel Philip Pontillas said the suspect, a minor aged 15, is the victim’s neighbor.
The suspect has been named Ryo to withhold his real identity following the guidelines of covering minors involved in crimes.
Pontillas said Ryo was last seen with the victim Paula (not her real name) according to a witness who is Paula’s classmate.
Upon learning Ryo’s address, the police arrested him in his house. Ryo lives a few meters from the victim’s house.
As the police quizzed the suspect, they didn’t ask him who did the crime. But, later on, the suspect cried in front of the interrogating officers and his mother and admitted the crime, Pontillas said.
But, when reporters asked Ryo if he raped and killed Paula, he denied it.
Pontillas said Ryo could be recommended for rehabilitation at the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) since he is a minor, but once he turns 18 he will be facing the charges.
‘Johnny,’ the father of the victim, said he believes it was Ryo who did the crime, but he wasn’t alone doing it. He also believes another one is out there scot-free since the witness saw two boys who were with Paula.
Pontillas said the investigation is on-going should there be another suspect it will be covered.
Johnny said Ryo is a known thief in the neighborhood and who is the member of the rubgy boys in the area.
Johnny regretted why it took them long to report the incident to the police.
In an interview with the suspect on TV Patrol Northern Mindanao, Ryo said he did it to revenge against Paula’s brother who he had a brawl with recently.
Ryo also admitted he had been influenced by the piso-piso net. The piso-piso net would allow those who surfed the net without restrictions and may have opened adult sites.
Paula was discovered dead inside an abandoned house after passersby smelled pungent odor along Acacia Street in Carmen on Wednesday. After the smell was tracked, they found Paula. It was the eighth day of her disappearance.
Police report showed, she had several bruises in the head and on different parts of her body, which could have caused her death.
The Scene of the Crime Operatives (Soco) suspected Paula was raped before she was killed, but it has to be determined yet in a thorough examination.
Published in the Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro newspaper on November 02, 2013.