American faces child abuse case for slamming man, 28, into canal-A A +A
Thursday, October 10, 2013
AN AMERICAN national is facing child abuse charges for slamming into an open canal a mentally-ill 28-year-old man who allegedly always made noise outside his apartment.
The incident involving Keith Douglas Mott and Eon (not his real name) happened in Barangay Poblacion, Argao last Tuesday morning while the latter was talking to a friend outside the foreigner’s apartment. Mott has been residing in the town with his common-law partner for five months already.
Mott, 54, later came out and approached Eon, whom Mott chocked and slammed into the canal. Eon injured his right elbow and left arm following the incident.
Neighbors who saw the incident reported the matter to the police, who sent a team to respond and arrest Mott.
On Eon’s behalf, police charged Mott before the Cebu Provincial Prosecutor’s Office yesterday with violating Republic Act (RA) 7610, or the Special Protection of Children Against Abuse, Exploitation, and Discrimination Act.
“The victim has no capacity to take care of himself,” said PO3 Ivy Catipay of the Argao Police Station-Women and Children’s Protection Desk (WCPD).
Quoting a psychologist, Catipay said Eon has the mindset of a child.
Under RA 7610, children is defined as “person below 18 years of age or those over but are unable to fully take care of themselves or protect themselves from abuse, neglect, cruelty, exploitation or discrimination because of a physical or mental disability or condition.”
Catipay also said Mott had allegedly hurt Eon twice before; Mott reportedly found Eon a nuisance to him. Catipay also said Mott told her that he was angry at the victim, who allegedly always made noise outside his apartment.
“He admitted his fault but he did not express any regret,” she said in Cebuano.
During the inquest proceeding yesterday, Mott opted not to file a counter-affidavit.
An inquest is a process that determines whether there is probable cause to justify a person’s warrantless arrest.
Because of this, Assistant Provincial Prosecutor Ferdinand Collantes elevated the case to the Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 26 in Argao for trial. Bail was set at P80,000.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on October 10, 2013.